Mitch Patterson said:
Leave birds lying around in the field; hang them from trees like Christmas decorations and you’re just tricking the dogs. It’s not hard to trick a retriever
What's the difference between scenting an area, like the backside of a point, after every 4 or 5 dogs vs. putting birds there so that it remains scented?
I agree today, poison birds are no big deal. Most all-age dogs know the concept. If you tell them to leave it, some will litterally run right over the top of it without picking it up!
Handling a dog off a bird is no big deal either. All it is is training, and expectations of the dog. You have to do it in training. Train for a while using only bumpers for the blinds, and plant birds that the dog has to run by and not pick up. It won't take long and birds in the field on a blind are no big deal. :wink:
Maybe I'm tainted by my hunting & HT background, where we regularly have diversion shots or diversion birds, & I just don't see the big deal. One of my 1st master tests as a handler had flier shot as a diversion bird from a hidden gun station on the way to the blind. Talk about a suprise bird!!! Yet, most of the dogs running Master could handle the distraction. That was more than 10 years ago. You can't tell me those master dogs are better trained better handling dogs than today's all-age dogs. :roll:
The FT Supplement to the Standard provides:
(8) The encountering of wild birds, rabbits, or other
game by the working dog also presents a problem, and
sometimes creates great inequalities. Dogs, particularly
in All-Age stakes, should ignore such distractions or be
sufficiently under control to be “handled’’ to the “fall.’’
Here we are talking about blinds, not marks. And it is not wild game where it would be encounted for one dog and not the rest, rather a planted bird which would be there for all the dogs. But, shouldn't the all-age dog be "sufficiently under control to be 'handled'" to the blind despite such distractions? I certainly think so.
Certainly, some common sense is needed, to allow for even the fastest dog the opportunity to be handled.