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Something I saw at a training seminar put on by the Vetters was to set up a triangle with cones, with the prize at the small end of the triangle. Sort of a forcing to a pile thing. The cones are a visual border that the dog relates to as a means to finding the prize. If the dog ventures outside the cones, it gets volts. A parallel course could be set up too.
GPBLITZ wrote:When teaching duck search i like covering the pond with ducks . I might use 6-8 ducks, Ducks wings are taped, feet web taped closed. I like hens because they make lots of noise. Getting dog to expand I'll use a remote launcher on a flooting platform put in the reeds. I'll hit the locate button when dog turns to the sound I'll pop the duck. When dog becomes sure of it self I'l take the tape off the of the ducks and use less ducks. I'll also use just the launcher receiver ( hitting the locate button) a little to suck the dog into where i have a duck planted.
ebswirehair wrote:Her intitial reaction is to always skirt/search the edges right or left istead of going directly across the open water and searching the oposite shore.
GPBLITZ wrote:ebswirehair wrote:Her intitial reaction is to always skirt/search the edges right or left istead of going directly across the open water and searching the oposite shore.
There is nothing wrong with a dog that skirts the edges right or left as long as the dog expands. A dog does not have to swim directly across the pond and start the search on the other side. Dog is being judged on there search and expandion . How the dog applys it self to the pond.
GPBLITZ wrote:Ya know there can be lots of cover that needs and should be searched between the handler and back of a pond. How many times have you had a crippled duck that wasn't found on the back of the pond hunting. myself many times duck are found some where in between.. We can look at this another way maybe a dog should be dinged if not loss a point for not searching cover between the handler and back shore line vs. blowing right by to reach back shore line.. HD in navhda stands for hunting dog. Testing, tests that closely simulate hunting scenerio. I'm not sure that adog that blows to the back side and only hunts that back side should be scored a 4. many receive a 4 for doing just that!!! JMO
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