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    Couple questions about blind placement:

    Are blinds ever planted in heavy cover so the dog has to get there and then dig out the bird?

    Do judges ever ask the bird boy to toss the blind or does the BB always walk up and set it in place?
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    No heavy cover, no tossing. (FT)
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lash View Post
    No heavy cover, no tossing. (FT)
    .....in the spirit of the same bird for every competitor. Marks are tossed & most times in heavy cover.
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    I have seen blinds, in Field Trials, where a bird thrown out into the water in front of dogs, once they reached a predefined spot. Definately not the norm.
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    So, another question: I've seen a few handlers at hunt tests who use a particular whistle, usually a rolling trill, when the dog is next to the blind. Not sure whether it is supposed to confirm to the dog that it's okay to pick up the bird or whether it's a "hunt it up" whistle. Is there any benefit to a special "end-of-blind" whistle?
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    Alder Cassidy CDX RE (standard poodle chipmunk chaser)
    plus the "old ladies" (2 elderly mix-breed rescue girls)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PalouseDogs View Post
    So, another question: I've seen a few handlers at hunt tests who use a particular whistle, usually a rolling trill, when the dog is next to the blind. Not sure whether it is supposed to confirm to the dog that it's okay to pick up the bird or whether it's a "hunt it up" whistle. Is there any benefit to a special "end-of-blind" whistle?
    This might occur when a dog over-runs a blind. It's a come-in whistle. The dog is first stopped with one short whistle blast, then a tweet-tweet-tweet, for the dog to come in.
    David Didier, GA

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    Quote Originally Posted by PalouseDogs View Post
    So, another question: I've seen a few handlers at hunt tests who use a particular whistle, usually a rolling trill, when the dog is next to the blind. Not sure whether it is supposed to confirm to the dog that it's okay to pick up the bird or whether it's a "hunt it up" whistle. Is there any benefit to a special "end-of-blind" whistle?
    I use a hunt it up whistle at the blinds end & it works for me and my dogs. It is most beneficial when the dog stops a few feet upwind of the blind. An over cast will typically cause the dog to overshoot the bird & can cause a handling disaster at the end of an otherwise nice blind. My over cast coupled with a "hunt" whistle makes the dog slow down, look down and use its nose. Came in real handy at a Master test when the duck was placed on top of a stump. Traditional handling required multiple whistles to complete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PalouseDogs View Post
    Couple questions about blind placement:

    Are blinds ever planted in heavy cover so the dog has to get there and then dig out the bird?

    Do judges ever ask the bird boy to toss the blind or does the BB always walk up and set it in place?
    idk about asking the BB to toss one but i have seen a test where the BB was running across the road and tossing the duck at the stick in pretty heavy stuff. sometimes several feet away from stick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Lee View Post
    idk about asking the BB to toss one but i have seen a test where the BB was running across the road and tossing the duck at the stick in pretty heavy stuff. sometimes several feet away from stick
    I have seen that also. That usually requires me getting out of my chair & having a meeting of the minds with that particular bird boy.
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    The only time i plant blinds in heavy is when the dog can be sean leaving area soon. Dont train in no see cover

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