Now if Bente thinks a bonifide field trial pro is the only one that can figure it out, well he's intitled to his opinion....
Bente---- choo got some splaining to do!!!!
Cleverly disguised regards
Don't worry Steve. I haven't undergone a sex change. I still enjoy looking at the guys from a FEMALE
point of view....
Kristie: I was interested in this thread because I had somewhat of the same issue going on with my little black dog. She's hell on wheels but at the second FT derby I ran her in (she was 17 months old), she went part way out, stopped and started back to me on a memory mark that had not shown up very well.
It had never happened in training. At that point, I had not put her up with a pro (except for 2 months to proof my force-training and finish it off), but worked regularly with a pro in bringing her along.
Was it confusion because she didn't see the memory mark? Maybe.
Were the marks too close (they were pinched) so she thought she'd already picked up the mark I was sending her for? Maybe.
Did I not take enough time to focus her on this mark in set up? Maybe.
Was I too quick to send her and she hadn't gotten her bearings yet? Maybe.
Did I send her too loud and confuse her? Maybe.
Was there too much pressure out in the field from my training? Maybe.
Did she need to be "re-enforced" so she'd go even if confused (i.e., it's not for you to decide whether there's something out there to retrieve. If I send you, you GO, and don't ever come back w/o a bird). Actually, yes, this is what it ended up being.
(Could it have been a gazillion other things? Yes.)
Did I know this at the time? No.
When it ended up happening again at the next derby I ran her in a week or two later, that's when I decided this issue needed professional attention. It wasn't something I was equipped to:
1. properly diagnose,
2. successfully set up a situation in training that would create the same problem I'd encountered at the test, and
3. effectively (and without negative side-effects) correct and teach.
Would I have been able to effectively correct this problem (a couple of really strong corrections, correctly administered and timed, at a level of correction nothing near what she'd ever had before)? NO WAY
I KNOW MY LIMITATIONS (mostly), and I don't pretend to begin to know what I'm doing. When I encounter a serious (and I would classify this as serious) problem I do not feel I can accurately diagnose and correct, I'm not going screw around with my dog and possibly make it worse.
IF YOU HAVE A GOOD DOG, one you want to play the big game with, and you're a rank amateur like me, it's time and money well spent to work closely with a successful pro.
Regularly on this board we advise going to the vet with a sick dog. In my opinion, this is good advise. And it's the sametype
of advise I'm giving here.
And Angie is right, in no way did I mean it as a put down on any advise given. I just don't think it is the type of problem you can solve over the internet..
..oh, and after a couple weeks w/ the pro (and a couple of opportunities to set up for, and correct this issue), it seems she's on her way to getting past this. She came in 3rd in a 28 dog derby just three weeks after I put her on the pro's truck.