I have an 11 month old blm who is doing seasoned level work. He has a great attitude on blinds (we are up to cold blinds at 150-200 yards) and his handling is very good. His marking on the other hand is not very good especially in cover. My biggest issue that has been a pretty consistent problem is that once he gets to the area of the fall if he doesn’t find the bird right away he will slowly trot around and not hunt hard at all.
Some times he leaves the area of the fall and will go into completely different cover that there is no way the bird is in. He is not popping, he doesn’t look to me and if he does I ignore him. I’ve never handled on a mark. He doesn’t come back with out the bird but this is becoming a real issue having a ten minute lack luster hunt for a 20 yard mark in cover. For comparison he has done marks up to 250 yards on flat fields.
Is there anything I can do to help this or is the way the dog hunts just a genetic desirability thing. I can’t really shorten up the marks much more.