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Would this be a waste of time?

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I'm ready to start swim-by with the youngster.

The water here isnt ready however! (still hard and will be to cold for sometime)

I realise that the swim-by is just the T in water, but would it be a waste of time to teach the concept of swim-by on land with an imaginary pond?
In other words get her used to being stopped on the way to the back pile, and casting to an over pile, then casting to opposite over pile while running past you, with a bird in mouth??

Or---- am I just revisiting the single T in the dogs mind??

Impatient regards

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I assume you have Lardy's books. Look at "Training w/ Mike Lardy, Vol 1"
the article on the double T (page 24 - 27).

I'll quote from page 26: "The last step of the double T is to cast your dog to the various piles when he is returning from the main pile with the bumper in his mouth."

Lardy calls this disciplined casting.

He goes on to say (again quoting, this time from page 27): "The main purpose of disciplined casting is to prepare the dog for the "swim-by" procedure - the next and last step of this yard program."

So you can do this and then move on to pattern blinds until the water warms up enough for the swim-by.. at least that's how I read Lardy..

Those Lardy books are worth their weight in gold...

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