I agree totally that if you feel like you have taught it and your dog has a lack of confidence, salt the area with birds and get your bird boy to help get the dog out there. Nothing succeeds like success.
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you know blake,
something that has not been mentioned. if a dog suddenly fails at a task you are sure it knows. First look round and see if maybe something in the background or the lighting or some distraction. Like in the Lardy Tapes Mike says if the dog does something odd don't burn, look around.
Then if nothing is odd in the field. How is the health of the dog? Is something wrong? If a Bitch, is she in heat? If a dog, is a bitch in heat 'round? Teeth, poop, bugs? How is the dog?
and dogs will be dogs you know?
edit- think back to these 4 switches. do you keep a log? what did they all have in common?
Last edited by Ken Bora; 06-11-2013 at 10:50 PM.
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
"The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin
only factor we havent had a lot of experience in was hay bales (this was time i didnt get a correction in) bird boy at 10 oclock 250 throwing angle left back behind a 2 foot tall rice levy. go bird was at 2 oclock throwing flat left. he switched completely before bird boy saw us waving arms. right when it was time for a correction (50-75 yards AOF 10 from go bird fall) bird boy got his attention.
the other time (did get correction) running from a mound was on a water setup. go bird (2 o clock 75 yards total 25 yard swim) bird boy was on peninsula throwing to tip of point angled close to straight back. memory mark was at 10 o clock 150 yards total 75 swim flat left on up slope of a mound.
Last edited by blake_mhoona; 06-11-2013 at 11:15 PM.
1. Buy 2 radios so you can communicate
2. Shorten the distance to the BB
3. Have BB throw white bumpers a long distance from himself "flat throws" (90 degrees from the line)
4. Run singles off of multiple guns. Keep the marks widely separated.
5 Realize that at 15 months you have many more marks to throw to teach your dog even the "easy stuff."
"If you run Field Trials, you learn to swallow your disappointment quickly."
"Field trials are not a game for good dogs. They're for great dogs with great training." E. Graham
shorten overall distance of marks? or throws? throws were 15-20 yards from BB
we were using ducks but point taken. to me in our daily training with bumpers its harder to mark even the white bumpers because they are small in comparison to ducks
singles have been what we throw all week. on weekend training with a group i usually allow this for memory setups. in a week he probably gets 20-25 singles and 5 doubles
point taken. i would consider us in the mid-late levels of transition.