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Here is the process I will use for my next pup to learn to hold a mark for go outs:
get right in front of the stanchion. Put a squirt of cheese on the stanchion. Straddle the dog, mark the spot, and as dog is looking send the dog. Repeat over and over. Then lower hand and don't send dog unless is still locked on. Then step away from dog after marking and don't send unless dog is still locked on. Then mark, go sit down in a chair across the room, and don't send dog unless he is still locked on.
Back up a foot of so. Repeat all the above steps.
Back up another foot. Repeat all steps.
Continue backing up until you are full distance across the ring, can mark the dog, walk off anywhere in the room and dog will not move his eyes off the mark.
At that point the cheese is removed from the go outs. Replaced either with a touch and/or a retrieve.
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