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Hey if your dog runs over and beyond a blind in a test situation is it ok to use the come-in whistle to get him back in front of it and then back to the blind?? This has happened to me a few time in training with bumpers, but not with birds - I'm assuming cause of the bird scent he stops when he is at the bird and less likely to run over the top of it without seeing/scenting it.

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It is certainly preferable to letting them go until you have to get the four wheelers out--and less embarrassment for the handler. Yes, call the dog in. Often they will pick it up as they get to it as you said.
 

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When your dog gets to the blind.............................BLOW THE WHISTLE!

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Absolutely! You wouldn't believe how many dogs I have seen run an incredibly difficult all age blind perfectly, only to get lost at the end of the blind by an overconfident handler who lets the dog blow over the blind and out of sight then in an out of control hunt. It's all over in an instant and heartbreaking for judges and handler.

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I have to agree with the above post ...handle to the stake ....If over run, blow a few seconds eariler...Steve S
 

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What kind of a test situation?

In a Hunt Test, once you get past the blind, that's your only option to pick it up. As has already been said, don't let it happen (if you can help it). If it does happen, a crisp handle in with a come-in whistle, and even a cast to the left or right to pick it up, once they've moved in, will still get you carried to the next series in most cases (depending, of course, on the rest of the work).

I have heard that if you overrun the blind in a Field Trial, you're done, but others would have to confirm/deny that.
 

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We've all waited just a tad too late thinking that pup was going to line and step on the bird. Only to lose him in the deep cover. If you have a high roller waiting until he's at the bird may be too late as his momentum will still carry him deep. Better to hit the horn before he gets to the bird and, if needed, a silent back cast to put him on the bird.

Me, I'll probably do the same thing next time and, thinking he's lined the blind, watch him disappear in the deep cover.
 
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