I do not post much but I have been reading long enough to know that first I should say that I have been following the Fowl Dawgs program. My dog has been through transition and handles and is running blinds not with many huge factors but she understands handling and the blind game. I have also done many searches for this topic and what I have found are discussions that turn more into arguments about whether the dirt clod drill is a good drill or not (the recent thread about the dirt clod drill is what originally got me started searching). My dog is a fairly good marker, not unbelievable, but plenty good enough to get the job done. The problem is with marks at a distance she will make the area of the fall but does not give a tight long hunt in the area of the fall. She does not switch to any other falls I set the marks up so its almost impossible to do that. She just gets into a really big loose hunt until she eventually works her way out of the area. What is the best way to keep her tight in the area until she digs it out? I have found salting the area and the dirt clod drills have come up but both are were pretty disputed with no real consensus. I have a bird thrower but shes has no interest in the dog and sometimes does more harm then good when trying to help (she tries to give casts etc...) its better that she stays quite.
What is the best way to teach a dog to hunt tight in the area of the fall for an extended time until she finds the bird?