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    Hey,

    I got a question for you all. I am following smartworks and I'm getting ready to start mid transition work with my dog. Today I did a simple easy water blind and I am having trouble getting him to take the casts in the water. He just seems "rusty". I had swimby done in the summer and I have not used any handling in the water since then. My question is should I do a swimby review with him or should I just keep trucking along with my program?

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    How well did your dog handle in the water last summer? How long has it been since you ran a water blind? How well does the dog handle on land?
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    He was doing well last summer with taking the casts in the water, like you would expect from a dog just done with water T and swim by. This is my first go around at doing water blinds with him. He is doing really well with his land blinds.

    With him not using this skill set for so long, I'm sure it has eroded . My question is should I go back to water tee/swimby to give him a review or just keep trucking along with my transition program?

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    Some advice that I got from a very recent seminar by a notable trainer: Dogs are rusty. They need a tune up.
    "I love the rod and gun and where they take me."

    "Do not judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins."

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    I would definately do a few days of swim-by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbr View Post
    I would definately do a few days of swim-by.
    And then to set up some simple Tune-up drills. Then run some cheating singles, and gradually advance his casting standard. Sounds both rusty and green in that department.

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