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    Senior Member Evan's Avatar
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    Habit formation takes time and exposure. Of course bad habits tend to form faster!

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    My two cents. Make it easier for the dog to go to the mark rather than the bb. Not suggesting cover or anything to block the dog but just the positioning of the bb and mark. Long throws.

    Sometimes when I introduce young dogs to bb thrown marks I start with the bb very close to me off to one side and throwing the mark in front of the dog as far as bb can throw. The dog will go to the mark. Then gradually move the bb in an arc more toward your front. As you do this in small incremental steps the dog will learn to ignore the bb and go to the mark.

    A picture would be better. Hope this helps.
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    I had a young dog last year that always went to the bird boy. We did "jug training". Placed a white jug away from the BB and then tossed the bird there. Dog runs to white jug and after that you take the jug away. Seemed to really help and didn't take long at all. My fiancee and another pro that I know of have done this for young dogs. My 2 cents, i can't throw very far soooo this was an option worth trying. Marking improved...

    Good luck and hope this helps. Dawn

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    there is one method of thinking that a dog that runs towards a birdboy and then peels off and pins the bird is actually following the arc of the bird being thrown...I know of a few dogs both past and present that exhibit this form of behavior..Clint's dog Rex did it all the time...and he won Two Amateur stakes in his career
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