I train alone most of the time as I work her daily - especially in the winter or during hunting season when local HRC is inactive. I use a .22 dummy launcher. Jaz seems to be smart enough to understand where it's coming from be it from be or a birdboy - I'm launching 4 dummys - Ex long 75yrd + to short 35 - 40yrds.
I think this is great, and a person just has to use whatrever he can to work on things. When you talk about launching 4 dummies, is that multiple marks, or 4 singles. Which there is nothing wrong with it, whether it be multiple or single, just trying to get a better understanding. The one thing I don't like with the Should launchers is this. The dog gets use to seeing the bird/bumper come from you right side, or leave from where you are standing. With you have your dog at a trainer, this may not be a problem for you. But many guys that do their our training with these launchers run the rish of you commanding MARK and the dog looks at you instead of out front.
Then you shoot you gun and the dog MARKS the shell ejecting from you gun, and retrieves it for ya. They missed what was happening out front, because the bird/bumper never left, so they are still watchiung for it. All they see if the shell ejecting. These are great for working, but a guy that is using on of these MUST find a way to launch from the field, wingers, BirdBoys, etc. Also, look for another guy in the HRC group that you can call and set up a day that both of you can work. Then don't do ANY shooting the launcher from your side. You shoot from the field while he is working hsi dog, and he shoots for you. But all launching is done from the field. But it is not a problem when you can make both lind of situations work for you.
MacMan wrote:Sometimes in water and land or mixed. She gets them fine even if I mix the order; am I creating a bad habit here?
I don't see a problem with it. I figure we are talking about singles, so the dog is marking and retrieving. No Way to screw this up, and it is good work. Randomly change up the distance, which I figure you do. Shoot one 25 yards, and then 75 yards, then 50, etc.
MacMan wrote:Sometimes I'll put her on the line with a STAY and move 25 yrds away and launch then return to the line. Her trainer didn't really like this too much as her attention would be on me! Thoughts?
I also agree with your trainer. There is NO benefit tow the lesson you are working. I only know 1 situation that resemble what you are doing that is a real hunting situation, and that is Pond Jumping. But even it is not the same. Your walking up on a Pond Dam, and SIT your dog before you start up. This is to keep him from cresting the Dam before the shooters, but this is just a straight up SIT command.
Our dogs are usually beside us. So this is where you want you training to take place. Now on my personal Dog I yteach a PLACE command. I do have a couple of places that have little cover, except a couple of stumps out about thigh deep in water. I will SIT the dog on the bank sometimes 50-60 yards away, in brush or under a tree. Then I will wader out to the stump.
I'll down a bird, call the name of the dog to start the retrieve, she will retrieve and bring me the bird, and I will command PLACE, and she will return to the stop I have set for PLACE. I mark this spot with a 2' X 2' grass front door mat. She will return to PLACE and we start over.
But even this is just a command like SIT. Clear as Muddy Water huh. cooter