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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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Lots of pattern blinds as mentioned, along w/ sight blinds. I have always found chinese drills (several short cold blinds done together) to be good for confidence building. The swish drill would be good too. On occasion I will use pop-up blinds for confidence/momentum too. Experiment and see what works best. Dogs are creatures of habit so the more times you can send her on 'back' with no popping the better - in order to establish a new habit. And don't forget to give her lots of praise when she gets somewhere w/ no pops!
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