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popping on blinds? need alt. methods

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I have a 4 year old female that has been a different case since she was a puppy. She has never responed well to pressure and as a result never accepted force very well and shuts down fairly easily. She went through juniors and I thought that was as far as she would go. Using some unconventional methods and alot of confidence building excercises. She now has a Senior title and 1 master pass. She has always had a minor popping problem. As we started running masters I knew we would have to find a way to curb the popping. After going back over alot of training material I decided to revisit the force concept. As I expected the popping has become worse. I am now sure pressure- force is not the answer for this particular dog. So I am on the hunt for ideas for curbing a popping problem without using force. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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What are you doing when she pops?
A couple things you can do. Go back to doing pattern blinds and get her in a from here to there non stop frame of mind.

Also you may want to preempt the pop with verbal back commands while enroute.
At this point you may want to sacrifice a tight line standard for some momentum until she is driving with more confidence.

This is a common problem folks who hunt a lot have when they go back to training after the hunting season ends.

Well most recently it has been back nick back. but before that I would try to run at her at close distance pops with a loud back. backs without the cast. and I tried to keep the whistle blows to a minimum. The week was spent trying to build confidence and then we found that at the hunt test on the weekend complex blinds with more whistles would bring the popping back and by the 3rd series it would be difficult to complete if it included a blind.

Unfortunately when this happens in a test the behavior becomes more ingrained and the whole week's training is blown up. Be aware of that before you enter the next test.

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