I have a 9 month old BLF named “River.” I followed Hillman’s puppy program and have been releasing her on marks to the word “back” since I brought her home, this is what Hillman recommends . After training with an HRC retriever club over the weekend they suggested switching to “River” for release on marks and “back” for release on blinds.
Is this a requirement to run AKC or HRC tests? If I do decide to switch to her name for release on marks, how do you suggest I do it without confusing her? Or should I just stick with what is working since she is consistently steady at the line?
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