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A tune-up drill is a series of land or water blinds run on successive days.

In this podcast, we focus on Tune Up Drills:
https://missskeeter.podbean.com/e/retriever-tune-up-drills/

Tune-up drills can be useful for at least 4 reasons:
1) They get your retriever comfortable with multiple blinds.
2) They teach your retriever go straight in a blind corridor.
3) They are useful to teach your retriever advanced blind concepts.
4) They help you develop as the handler to be proactive and reactive to keep your dog in a tight blind corridor.

Tune ups are not new...they were invented over 50 years ago by Rex Carr.

There is trainer-to-trainer variation in tune ups in terms of number of days to run, number of bumpers to plant, blind concepts to teach, and so on.
From that perspective, tune ups can be used to teach youngsters simple concepts, and to maintain advanced retrievers on advanced concepts.
 

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Excellent! Thank you!

Is this the you tube vid you mentioned?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLZi-I1YN9g
 

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Excellent! Thank you!

Is this the you tube vid you mentioned?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLZi-I1YN9g
Yes. The lab in the youtube video was inexperienced...just out of channel blinds,
so her default was to swim channels and she was very uncomfortable with the
first 2 "non-channel blinds" then became more comfortable with blinds 3-5.
Note on blind 2, the soft "chirp" whistle for up close stops, a prolonged, loud whistle for stopping in lunging water. With a more experienced lab I would have a much tighter blind corridor...
 
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