so i'm having the hardest time with no-goes. as you may recall i had a switching thread not too long ago and i tried a dirt clod drill to remedy it. low and behold my bird boy who i'm furious at (he's my BIL living rent free so there are other reasons to my anger this just adds to it) decides to not listen to my explicit directions to throw the dummy out just as the dog makes the decision to switch (which i'll signal by raising my hand) and then "hey hey" him back to his area. instead he allows the dog to get more than halfway to the other fall and watching him not me the whole time i handle him back to the BIL thinking he's already thrown the dummy out there (i'm paying attention to the dog not him as timing was everything). the dog hunts for a little while then switches again this time he blows off sit whistle which i start mixing in with nicks and even come in whistles and runs for the other fall and picks the dummy up. whistle-burn-whistle i walk out there take the dummy out of his mouth realize the BIL hasnt thrown the dummy. yell at him have him kind of drop one unnoticed to the dog then bring the dog back to his area and have him bring that dummy in.
no-go's 8 out of 10 marks ever since. when i get a no-go i've been treating it like i did with blinds. "here-nick-here Moose" (while walking towards mark) usually followed by another no-go repeat. he's seeing the mark because i started watching his head/eyes all the way to the fall. one time we had to do that over a 25 yard sequence before he would go after it.
this seems like a lack of confidence? obviously i didnt handle the situation well from the get go and can we just refrain from the bashing? but how can i get back on track? its like one of those situations where your like "please if i can just get him back to where he was pre-drill i'll never do that drill again". i actually have considered maybe his career is done before it even began and i should sell him? although i could never do it, it has crossed my mind. i truly am at a loss.