cn44 wrote:Had a warm up today +10 so we did a couple sessions of T work. Just starting it and am really stressing the back pile. He wants to keep looking at the over piles before he is sent. Anything to do other than just keep "no'ing" him off the overs until focused on the back pile?
Spry Yellowdog wrote:As we walk the canals at the refuge since there the only place with open liquid water.
We started training Sneak heel. Anyway thats what I'm calling it. It was hard sneaking up on
the fowl in the canals to jump shoot them with her heeled by my side. Alot easier when shes
sneaking right behind me. By getting her behind me and putting my open hand on my butt
and telling her to sneak,sneak shes is picking it up really well. but harvesting a few retrieves
this way helped her understand also. Weird but it works so who cares, It achieves our goals of meat
and retrieves. But she needs to run blind retrieves since she can't mark em good behind me.
The other thing is some walk around blinds on the snow covered frozen ponds. As we step onto the pond
I set a orange bumper in the bushes while shes playing, then walk to another shore edge and drop another.
And wander across the pond. Line her and send her back. Amazing how straight she will run when there is no
distractions from terrain. Once she hooked off line from the wind I think but took a whistle and cast to the other
bumper. Shes ran 150 to 200 yards straight to the bumpers. Seeing the influence of wind and terrain Decheating is
in this years training schedule.
We did get a nice drake canvasback this weekend I sent her in the crap down wind of the area she blew off line, Whistled sit
cast right she went in then it got all quiet. Located her running full speed across a snow covered iced pond. The duck was 2 feet
in the air in front of her.She grabed it out of the air, put on the brakes and rolled in the snow. never dropping the duck.
Whistled in from 150 yards to a heeled handoff
Had to tell someone of that retrieve......
I assume that you are identifying each of the piles for him prior to running it? If so, identify the back pile last, and use white at the back pile and orange on the over piles. If you went through mini T, you should be ok using the orange on the over piles. Also, when you started this, what distances and starting locations did you use? I'm in MN too, so if you want to chat about this on the phone, it may be easier than trying to explain everything here, but you probably get what I am talking about....
krazybronco2 wrote:sounds like something i could use for trying to jump shoot woodies on the creek at the hunting club. but not sure if this would work but teaching her to come to heel (from your back side) when she sees you raise up to shoot might be benefical for her to mark birds down (even though dogs dont mark as well when they are moving) but would be more fun for you
cn44 wrote:Ran some single T this morning and it went well. I think Labs nailed it on marking the back pile last and using white on the back and orange on the overs. Had a little bit of looking at the overs but he wasn't trying to lock in on them like he was yesterday.
cn44 wrote:Moved fields so we have enough room to run TT. Just ran a back pile today and it was a smooth transition. Will probably run the back pile again tomorrow in a morning session then add in overs in the second session.
krazybronco2 wrote:cn44 wrote:Moved fields so we have enough room to run TT. Just ran a back pile today and it was a smooth transition. Will probably run the back pile again tomorrow in a morning session then add in overs in the second session.
one thing I would recommend is just add one section of the over piles get the dog used to that one then add the second set of over piles. and identify each over as you add them.