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Picking out gunners field trials

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So getting into field trials and trying to find guidance none of the programs I have help. But how does one intimate training to teach a dog to pick out gunners before you call for the marks to be thrown thanks! HB
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In training, I never help a dog find a gun. I come out of the holding blind walking slowly to the line, giving the dog time to pick out the guns. I may stop, turn and face a gun if the dog isn't finding it.
Even if the dog has not picked out a gun, I will often have the gun shoot and throw anyway. The surprise of the shot and throw from a gun the dog hasn't picked out will encourage him to look harder next time, teaching the dog to anticipate the possibility of more gunners.
For a dog having trouble looking past a short gun I might ask for some movement from the long gunner.
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