It's harder. You can get a lot of basic yard work done by yourself, and there are many ways to do marks by one's self, but I believe that nothing beats a real, live, flesh-and-blood person out in the field throwing or shooting.
One of my training groups uses both mechanical throwers, and humans. One thing I have noticed is that dogs who get the majority of their marks from human throwers seem to look OUT more than dogs that get mostly winger-type marks. I don't know why this is.
I train by myself during the week, with two groups on the weekends (one group migrates south in winter), plus one or two evenings during the week, when there's enough daylight.
I train alone about 75% of the time. I am fortunate to have a landowner of one of my training grounds that LOVES to watch my dogs work and he and his daughter are always helping throwing diversions or walkups for me. I have two 4 shooter Bumper Boys and one 2 shooter that has really improved my ability to have good training setups. My owner is always good to shoot fliers for me so that is a big help also. The other 25% of the time I get together with my HRC club members and retriever friends and we have sometimes 8 to 10 people and dogs.
I train alone, but will use a training group as much as possible. I have a shedule that allows alot of monday to friday mid day training so training alone is my only option if I want to train every day. I use remote launchers, stick men, and various types of stand alones to get the job done when alone. I think that there are benifits both ways, but groups allow for more help and experience.
I train alone almost all of the time, but would much prefer a group. Not only can you do set-ups that are impossible or more difficult alone, but you learn so much watching the other dogs & handlers. It also is great for simulating a test environment.
I've trained w/ subroc's club this year-GREAT folks & worth the drive.
My never fail training buddy just passed away a month ago(not trying to be a bummer, but it happened) & can't be replaced. I've done some networking & plan on getting on doing more group stuff this Spring. (After a 2nd opinion on the dog who is now acting like a 2 year old!).
I would prefer to train for marks, diversions and line manners with a group. I would prefer to train for blinds and do drill work by myself most of the time. It takes a lot of time to train with others, but there are tremendous benefits. However, I will take advantage of most opportunities to train with handlers more experienced than myself (those aren't hard to find). I always learn something.
In reality, I train by myself most of the time, but during the warmer months I train with a group about 1-2 times per week.
I did not vote in the poll because I didn't really understand the question relative to the two possible votes. I train alone about 75% of the time.
Well, I didn?t do a vary good job posting that pole. It didn?t come out quite the way I wanted it to. I tend to confuse people when I talk that why I keep my mouth shut most the time. Trust me I make training equipment better than I post poles.
My company is new and at this time I have two products a remote trigger and a manual trigger. They both work on most types of manual launcher. I have two new products that are in the hands of a few trainers to get some ever day real life testing. I read one person?s post on this site that they got a look at one of them.
Those two products should ?be out? in the next few months. Thank for asking.