If you are training a young dog, give him every advantage you can to be successful. You're training- not testing and seeing that bumper gives him the confidence and drive to make that swim and/or fight factors to make the retrieve. I lack a bit in some aspects of training, so don't often give advice, but I do believe that instilling confidence in marking is such a huge asset.Makes sense. Thanks fin! Im also going to switch to a white bumper and see if that helps
He is almost two, I have had trouble finding water to work him in.How old is he?
On land I am keep the marks at 75 yards at the max, but I try to change up the distance each day. He does have a tendency to over run on land.What kind/length of marks does your dog "normally" get logy? You mentioned that when he doesn't pin the mark, he goes deep. Does he always overrun and almost never hunt short? Does he get a regular dose of long marks mixed in with short marks? If you have been training him on mostly really long marks and are now starting to "dial him down" for Started length marks, it might make sense that he thinks everything is longer than what it is. The guys I train with have taught me to be careful to do lots of sessions where one mark is super long and the next is very short, then long, then short, etc. I think this really teaches the dog to use his eyes and not just run.
When max was a pup he got a hold of my bumpers and chewed those little valves off. Just havent had a reason to replace them until nowWhy are you training with a "mini dokken mallard"? Try training with a big white bumper. Personally I don't train with dokkens.
I would go out and buy the big white bumpers. Easiest thing to do right now.When max was a pup he got a hold of my bumpers and chewed those little valves off. Just havent had a reason to replace them until now
Honestly i have let to find a group close to me to train with. Moat of my training is done alone. I am getting ready to buy a couple wingers , until them ill have to keep doing my walking singles.
X2 Build his confidence, make sure he knows where he's going. If you can't see the mark, he probably can't either. Only after his confidence is strong do you want to begin making marks more difficult (hard to see, hidden in cover, etc.).I would go out and buy the big white bumpers. Easiest thing to do right now.
I just assumed they would sink. Ill give that a try!Mine still work with the valves chewed off, no sinking, a little waterlogged.
Did you try one of your big white bumpers with the valve chewed off and see if it floats? You just have to squeeze the water out before the next throw or when you put them away. Give one a toss, I do not think that you are going to have to buy all new big white bumpers.
I have a HUGE issue with this. As a handler/owner of the dog, it is MY responsibility to know if or when a dog needs help. If I call for you to help them, you better do it. If you don't, that would be the last time you train with me.Trained with someone once where I saw progress in their dog from the last time we had trained and didn't feel the dog needed help and needed the experience of putting on a credible hunt. Owner wasn't happy with me for making the call of allowing the dog to hunt, but I really feel it's a balancing act. You need to read the dog and help (a second bumper or "Hey! Hey" and arm motion) when they are clearly lost, but also be willing to stand back if they don't pin the mark and allow them an intelligent hunt on a mark they have clearly marked.