My dog and I are beginning basic cold blinds, and I've noticed a significant loss of momentum. We progress through pile work, T, and pattern blinds. I realize part of this may be lack of confidence, and at this point I don't think there's much we can do except just run blinds and make the dog successful every time. However I have noticed the momentum gets worse with added handling. I am considering a couple different ideas to get him going with a little enthusiasm.
Pop-up blinds: after I kick the dog off in a direction a bird is launched to help the dog get there without handling, boost confidence and build momentum. Anybody have any advice about using these drills??
Another idea I had, and somewhat unconventional I think...use a salted area with birds. I could kick the dog off and no matter how bad the line is the dog would find a bird easily. There maybe a drawback to lining skills but I would think the momentum and confidence would go up.
Any thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated.