Dakota Creek wrote:The easiest way to transition your dog to different retrieves is to do your homework in the yard .... Doesn't have to be a long session .... Just a quick new bird introduction with a couple of retrieves.
Further to this .... be at a hunt test and handlers realize that the club is using a bird they have never trained on before .... like chuckars or pheasant! Suddenly you will see handlers asking if they can "borrow" a bird before the test begins to allow the dog to smell and try picking it up.
This year's Canadian National Hunt Test had handlers doing "additional" training as it was being held in Cap Tourmende, Quebec ... the snow goose capital of the world! Every handler knew that snow geese would be the bird of choice for the judges in several of the tests, so wanted to ensure their dog was familar with the smell and taste before the first test began! First test - land triple with a blind between the marks .... birds used .... snow geese!
If you are new to trying your hand at hunt tests .... the birds being used in the tests are "usually" listed on the test premium / entry information, so you can check to make sure your dog "knows" the birds before you arrive at the line!