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Wednesday trained with the Pro.
First we ran a water blind that had started with a 30 yards of land then a small splashing pond with blind across on the other side. Also to the right of the line was a channel of water that fed the pond. Winter took a straight line to the water but I could see she wanted to skirt the water, whistle, one verbal back cast that she took though the water and she picked up the blind.
Then we turn around and ran the marks. A double hand thrown from in line blinds. The memory mark was thrown from the far blind, left to right at about 80 yards. 15 yards of land, 65 yards of splashing water with a small 10 yard swim in the middle of it.The 40 yard Go bird was thrown from the close blind, right to left and land on land just off the pond. Then a long 170 yard land blind that skimmed by the go bird AOF and had some roll to it.
We wanted the dogs to run a straight line to the Memory bird and not fade to the left, toward the blind that the mark came from. The going was easier to the left which could make them fade too. Also you need to made sure they didn't try to cheat on the way back.
On the Go bird I was told, if her line takes her into the water to let her have it. The reason given was that we teach them that to get into water or stay in the water is the usually the correct choice. So in this case, if they get in the water give it to them.
Winter is at the stage where we are still learning tougher concepts, so we ran the long memory bird as a single first. Winter took a really good line across the pond and hit the other side but then over ran the mark and put up a big hunt. She did work it out without help. On the way out you could tell she took a look at the first blind and the person sitting behind it as she went by. Then we ran the double, she stepped on the Go bird, had the same line out to the Memory bird but still over ran and got behind it. However, she checked down quickly and picked it up. No cheating on either pickup on the long bird. On the land blind, she carried good momentum and held her line passed the Go bird AOF but started fading left with the topography as she got out to about 140 yards. Two whistles later she picked up the blind. I'm still seeing occasional looping whistle sits and in fact on the first whistle on this blind she did a small loop. The second whistle was cleaner. This looping always happens at distance. So we talked about having me give her a light nick with every whistle sit for the next couple of weeks. I'm to very carefully watch her momentum and if I see any loss of it I need to stop and give the Pro a call.
On Friday, a friend and I did a mark blind drill. The drill has her run a blind that backsides a mark, then under the arc, and then between the two marks. I still am teaching this so we run the blind, then throw the mark and then run the blind again. She still isn't perfect so we will keep running it this way. When she is perfect I will throw the mark then run the blind. Next we will did a couple of singles, one that had them working across a hill and going through a wall of cover. The second one was water, land, water. The entry was down hill so Winter carried the speed into a huge water entry, very cute. After she picked up the mark, we ran an angled entry down the same hill for a water blind. I had to call her back for a bad line but she nailed it on the second attempt. It was sunny and in the 50's so we finished up with a shoreline blind.
Unfortunately next week is looking bad for getting out and training.
Last edited by hollyk; 12-02-2012 at 08:46 AM.