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Thanks a bunch for this
These are very helpful. Thank you for taking the time. I would vote "pin worthy"
Thanks to everyone for the helpful feedback!
Well, Kodi went 4 for 4 in the two double JRs we entered and earned his title yesterday. Thanks Jennifer for this post!! It certainly helped prepare us, but nothing like the actual experience to figure out where the holes are, and there are a few things we really need to work on to advance. Overall very happy. Thank you again for this post.
One of those holes is OB at the line. We have really worked on OB, but from the last holding blind to the line was not fun. First holding blind was pretty good, to the second holding blind got a little worse and from the last holding blind to the line was awefull. OB work at home and in our training group is very good, but at the test it is like he was a different dog. Gonna have to figure out how to duplicate the distractions at tests. I also think he is collar smart and knows he doesnt have the collar on. One thought is to have our training club take it to the next level in introducing more distractions in our sessions. Anyone have any suggestions and how can I ramp up our OB training when at home, one on one? All of this will also transfer to manners in the boat/ duck blind.
When not working with your club, are you training alone?
Do you have holding blinds you can set up? I know it's HT and not FT, but set up a holding blind and something very visually enticing "out there" that they immediately see. Enter, exit, go back... do all sort of obedience. Blow duck calls, shoot your starter pistol... every enticement you can think of.
How is your routine around the house and at feeding time? Why not put the food on a white bucket and make him exit a holding blind in a mannerly, obedient fashion before he can eat? Can he heel all around his food and still focus on you?
Have you looked into getting the Gunz-Up CD and playing it in the background when doing obedience?
Whether you go full-Hillmann or not, the whole deal is that the dog can SIT when told when he's maximally excited, so that he learns to control his excitement when exposed to the excitement of a HT.
I know this sort of thing is rinky-dinky... but if he can't do those things...
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Thanks for the tips, yes looking to give him as many distractions as possible.