20 yards across 35 yards wide oval swim by pond
day 1 of swim by ID pile while dog out of kennel 12 bumpers 1 mark thrown to pile no problem
day 2 of swim by ID pile while dog out of kennel 2 sets of 12 bumpers with 1 mark thrown to pile each set no problem
day 3 of swim by ID pile while dog out of kennel 2 sets of 12 bumpers with 1 mark thrown to the pile each set backed up 10 yards from waters edge with last set of 12 having 2 forces at a level 2 burn (just touched button and released) both were between handler and water's edge. one was a side one was a cast. plus one force send had a level 1 high nick in middle of pond
day 4 of swim by ID pile while dog out of kennel 2 sets of 12 bumper with 1 mark thrown to the pile each set backed up 10 yards from waters edge. 1 force before waters edge at a level 2 at a side send. dog does retrieve then comes back for a freebie side send. dog wouldnt budge. scoot up to 5 yards dog wouldnt budge. scoot up to waters edge dog won't budge. leave him in front finish position he completed retrieve. try side send freebie again wouldnt budge. cast to pile. side sent again went 2 steps then backed up into a heal position. i then proceeded to get him pumped up by talking to him at the line in a "happy tone" getting him jumping aroundwithout commanding heal or sit. he'd did 8 freebies in a row with happy encouraging handler. started set 2 of bumpers allowing him to walk with me to set the pile. cast to pile retrieve. cast to pile again retrieve . cast to pile with force he retrieved. and even did a disciplined cast back to the back pile on his way back. then would not cast or side send. kept doing the 2 steps then walk backwards to heal. finished the day with these happy jumping side sends. then 3-4 water marks and doubles and lots of "up-ups" to warm up and dry off
i'm hoping he left it all out there and we can pick it back up tomorrow. do i proceed with force? skip a day? go to sit (tread) to pile? how do i proceed if he does it again? i'm freaking out here thinking my dogs attitude on water blinds is messed up forever
he never had problems with force to pile in double T be it stick or collar.
forgot to mention he's 11 month CLM following TRT