I ran a Q a few weeks ago and it was a nice set up. Memory bird up the middle, nice bird to the left and flyer to the right. Cross wind from right to left about 15-20 mph. Most of the dogs picked to 2 outside birds clean, but the issue was the feathers and scent from the flyer landed all the way across the lane to the long middle bird. There were only 5 clean marks out of 34 dogs. Mine was one, but she did stop and shop for a few seconds before continuing to the long bird. My question is, when training for this kind of problem, do you intentionally run through old falls? Scent up the line to the bird? Maybe set up 3-4 down the line birds to run through and past the scent? looking for ideas.
The gunner wasnt retired, but it was uphill and we ran from an extreme side hill, so the dogs had a sort of clean line to the bird. Im just looking to try and keep it from happening again. Or if the long gun gets retired next time. thanks!