Tips to get a big boy to get into cold water and get his fluffies wet?
Been "semi" working on it, same old "in training, dog will not step out of line" go to a test dog decides he can go around and get the bird. Problem is Usually; he is right, fastest water cheat I've ever seen, but pin-point the bird and brings it back.
Double test weekend first test he was OK, the longest mark =big cheat; practically knocked 2 separate gunners over. Other 2 shorter birds took water (big cheat = last mark). Unfortunately water was very scarce so couldn't reinforce for the next day. Did do a bit of play retrieve; no collar (at test people frown on that ) take water as your supposed to (he was all good with that)
Fortunately or unfortunately (not sure which) this last test judges put on something in deep cover he cheated got over there couldn't find the bird " I'm talking 1-2 ft. but with the cover couldn't find it" he "Panicked". Proceeded to run back to me, got to about 20 yards, turned and took the correct line though the water to the bird. Cheated the next mark, couldn't find it; same thing returned took right line. Last mark took the water, guess he had enough. Strangest thing I've ever seen.
I know everyone would be asking. Why choose to watch this and not just correct it test or not. Pretty much just seeing what he would actually do (akin to watching a car wreck). So I could figure how to setup a trap in training. HRC Test we get our birds anyways. Had them plant the blind, he thought about cheating, but we have a no-nonsince pressured over "OVER", in our arsenal. If I handle he will take water, but handling on marks is a no-go (if one wishes to continue on)
I'm thinking no more tests, and more deep water work. At this point the Boy will most likely not see another land mark until Armageddon. But open to ideas, I've trained a couple of dogs, enough to know that sometimes you forget to do things, you should've early on. Also my first boy, they are different, and everyone says (easier >cough none of my girls ever worried about water above the fluffy line)
Got to Love these first tests of the season.