In this podcast, we outline a checklist of initial line concepts you can teach your dog while training. Concepts such as barriers, no-seeum blinds, remote sends, targeting, and diversions from the line. These concepts are important in running bind retrieves at Master Hunter level and in waterfowl hunting.
Sometimes the human or trainer's perspective may differ from the dog's perspective.
This can result in problems. In this podcast, we give five examples where the retriever's perspective was very different than the trainer's perspective.
As you get better and better as a trainer you will think more and more from your dog's perspective...
A tune-up drill is a series of land or water blinds run on successive days.
Tune-up drills can be useful for at least 4 reasons:
- They get your retriever comfortable with multiple blinds
- They teach your retriever go straight in a blind corridor.
- They are useful to teach your retriever advanced blind concepts.
- They help you develop as the handler to be proactive and reactive to keep your dog in a tight blind corridor.
In this podcast, we discuss training drills for working on lining with confidence.
As a handler you need to "spot bowl" with your retriever's spine, eyes, and nose perfectly focused on a spot in line with the distant blind destination.
Barriers and no-see-um blinds are setups that your retriever should be exposed to in advanced lining.
In this podcast, we look at why contrasting marks can be difficult to untrained retrievers.
A contrasting mark is conceptually very different than a previous mark. Contrasting marks could be back to back singles in a Junior hunt test, or a memory mark in Senior or Master hunt tests.
Sometimes a hunt test setup looks like it will be easy. Yet it turns out to be difficult to inexperienced retrievers due to contrasting marks.
In this podcast we discuss how you can improve your pup's memory for multiple marks such as doubles, triples, and quads.
Here is an example of a simple yard application where the retriever has 6 hand-thrown marks to retrieve from 6 new locations: Marking Mechanics: 6 Marks
In this podcast, we discuss advantages of training your retriever alone, just you and your dog and training with a group of other trainers. There are advantages of training alone and there are advantages of training with a group. Ideally you should balance training alone with group training.
Double marks and the Senior Hunt Test are a big step from single marks and the Junior Hunt test. No longer do you "turn him loose and see what happens". Now you as the at-the line handler you need to develop a marking routine that 1) prevents head-swinging, 2) prevents switching, and 3) help pup focus on each mark and properly align and cue pup on that memory mark.