Surprised at that "good dog" conversation. I was at a hunt test 2 states away one time and running senior. My dog had a rough week of training prior and was having confidence issues on blinds. Looking back I shouldn't have run him. The water blind was through mostly running water, out onto land and to a fence line where the bird was. My dog got half way through the running water and I saw he was losing confidence so I whistle sat him, and said "good!" without thinking about it. I was new to hunt tests and didn't know if I'd just blown it or not. He passed, so apparently not.
Rick Curtis ~ Now in Ontario, CA
Little Man Caught It On The River SH ~ "Ace"
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"If you train a young dog for momentum, precision will arrive. If you train for precision, demanding perfection, momentum will depart."