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Anticipating casts

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Working on basic casting with my dog and I know he knows the casts. But now he has started anticipating he casts. During a basic three handed/baseball casting drill with the dog sitting at the pitchers mound he has started to lift his butt and shift in which ever direction he thinks the cast is going to be. Sit-shift-sit, etc. I realize this is a violation of sit, but he's solid otherwise. Just during this drill that it occurs.

Any suggestions on how to fix this?

My attempt to fix it so far has been to sit him and praise for sitting, then instead of giving him a cast ill walk out and pet him, move him, etc. just so he dosent know if its a OB drill or a casting drill. Ill do a couple reps like this then a cast or two, repeat.
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Without knowing it most people telegraph their motions.
It could be something very subtle but the dogs still notice so it's careful not to be sloppy. For example you may have a dog that seemingly is not taking your casts properly but is actually moving early as soon as you move your foot but before your hand is actually extended so he never sees the actual cast.
So, stand still, hold both hands in the prayer position palms together close to your chest , feet slightly apart and whistle in your mouth. Go to work from there. Hand and forearm will normally be the first thing to move and preferably cast slowly without that quick stab the sky motion.
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