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I have an issue that is really pissing me off. 3-4 weeks ago at a test my dog got a no bird on the go bird. We came back at the end and our day ended early with a break. My wife was marshalling the same stake and I helped out for the rest of the test day. Well I thought this would be a memorable lesson when my dog gets a front row view of the rest of the day's test. Ever since his attitude has been different in training. It seems to be a round-robin effect. One day he doesn't want to carry a line blinds. I lock him in and he runs his own line and bugs with his eyes. Then its marking. We run a triple mark and he nails the first two and runs straight out to the 3rd and just stops and pops. My friend says, "did you see that he didn't even try...that's not like him." Then we quarter and that was beautiful. Then we run a trail and he follows it great and quits half way there. Then he acts like he never heard "find it" and farts around and not use his nose. I hook him to a lead like I was teaching trailing for the first time and about half way out he drops his nose and wants to get it. It seems like we get one thing fixed and he screws around on soemthing else. Any thoughts?
 

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Sounds like he's getting in the driver's seat.

I think his behavior is just coincidence when it comes to the event.

Knowing him and his siblings.....you might try adding some pressure. Make him comply.

He likes to take control, and he needs to understand his responsibilities.

WRL
 

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I agree with what you say and yes he is very high maintenance. I guess I am trying to figure out what went wrong. I mean we have been clicking very well and then it was like someone flipped a light switch.
 

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I wonder if perhaps the training sessions in the week(s) prior to your test hold any clues? It sounds like you noticed a change as you said like a switch was thrown. It may pay dividends to review events in your training sessions just prior to the test.

Were too many concepts introduced without patient instruction? Kinda like cramming for a test! Were too many corrections given? Conversely were there too few corrections given when lack of effort was displayed? Is your dog now showing lack of effort or confusion? Good luck, differentiating between the two is the toughest thing for me to analyze in my own training.
 

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These are all symptoms of a disappointed dog. :shock:

Although the dog is basically happy with eating the entire goose, the fact that the Boss kept the bling, as opposed to putting it on a chain for wearing around the dog's neck, can bring out enigmatic reations in the animal. 8)

Only known cure is hauling it to a friend in South Dakota, along with a few years supply of that expensive "Glitter City" dog food. :wink:

UB

PS Title is optional. Most of us Sodak ******** cain't read anyway.
 

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UB - the dog didn't eat the goose. I did go play 3 card poker and hit 3 of a kind for $500 last week within the first 5 minutes. :)

Honestly I cannot think of anything out of the ordinary. There was no cramming and things have been going great since last Spring. I was just wondering if others have ever seen this happen.
 
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