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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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Any suggestions on how to fix this?
Yes. One fundamental of of training is to be consistent without being predictable.

This sounds very simple (and it is) but that doesn't mean it's easy.:) Right now your dog knows just what is coming up; a cast onto a retrieve. It's time to break that connection in his mind and introduce a degree of uncertainty.

Currently you are doing the right thing, but not taking it far enough IMO. When you set the drill up, just call him in to you off the pitchers mound and do something utterly unrelated to retrieving. Heel work, sit / stay, lie down, whatever. Only when you've gone through those routines should you sometimes send him; perhaps one in four times(?).

You need to break the link that says "this is what we are going to do" and change the dogs expectation into "now pay attention; do just what I tell you".

Without knowing it most people telegraph their motions.
Excellent point made by Breck Get someone to check you out or set up a video camera.

Another dodge with the drill is to introduce a fourth bird lobbed over your shoulder as the last in the sequence. Occasionally walk backwards and call him on to it. Again, try to be consistent but not predictable.

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