What do experienced people think about sight blinds to help? Get a dead bird, stand at the line with dog at heel and walk 120 yards with dog to plant blind. Walk straight back to line. Dog looks out knowing there's a bird. Say dead bird, send with hand, dog nails it. If you did about 75 of these, do you experienced people think this would build confidence in the dog to line up for blinds and blind drills?
This is what really helped my dog after having bugging and popping on beginning pattern blinds. We transitioned to blind drills this way, too. I would walk her out and set the blind, return to the line and have gunner throw mark, get mark, the send for blind. Still had to cast to blind after caving to gunner suction - but that's the point.
Using sight blinds (no bucket or marker, just walking do out to see where it's planted) was what saved me since I don't use an ecollar. She now does cold blinds with a lot of confidence and speed. But that might just be us. We are following TRT, too.
A fellow monkey