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A check down mark is a short memory mark.

Here is a training setup I like to run:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY5L1CnDmMo

I think the key is to have the go bird as a long mark,
so the retriever comes back after enjoying the long run.
If your training alone with no launchers or help, you
could even start by running a long blind, then checkdown mark(s).

Then the retriever needs to focus on the short checkdown marks.
By hand throwing these marks the concept is exaggerated and
the checkdown marks are even shorter than typical in a hunt test or field trial.
 

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I need to watch it again latter on a better device. For whatever reason my dog isn't excited about hand thrown marks. It is always interesting to see videos. What kind of field is that in Alaska? Is it a crop field or just a barren area? It looks huge.
 

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A check down mark is a short memory mark.

Here is a training setup I like to run:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY5L1CnDmMo

I think the key is to have the go bird as a long mark,
so the retriever comes back after enjoying the long run.
If your training alone with no launchers or help, you
could even start by running a long blind, then checkdown mark(s).

Then the retriever needs to focus on the short checkdown marks.
By hand throwing these marks the concept is exaggerated and
the checkdown marks are even shorter than typical in a hunt test or field trial.

My training crew and I do this often. We also do it 180* opposite..............with the short bird first; then the long bird after. :cool:
 

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I need to watch it again latter on a better device. For whatever reason my dog isn't excited about hand thrown marks. It is always interesting to see videos. What kind of field is that in Alaska? Is it a crop field or just a barren area? It looks huge.
The area is Chena Lakes Flood Control Project, North Pole, AK.
Thousands of acres of public land.
No 4-wheelers, walk-in only except for club training days in the summer.
The vegetation was cut last August (Calamagrostis grass/willows).
 

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A check down mark is a short memory mark.

Here is a training setup I like to run:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY5L1CnDmMo

I think the key is to have the go bird as a long mark,
so the retriever comes back after enjoying the long run.
If your training alone with no launchers or help, you
could even start by running a long blind, then checkdown mark(s).

Then the retriever needs to focus on the short checkdown marks.
By hand throwing these marks the concept is exaggerated and
the checkdown marks are even shorter than typical in a hunt test or field trial.
Check down marks are an art - very few can set them effectively -

Barbara Butcher, Carl Ruffalo, Larry Bergman, Pete Goodale come to mind
 
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