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Ah, that is in keeping with what I thought, too.
To be perfectly honest, I don't understand what the problem is with a little bit of shopping. I mean really, when they go out for a mark or blind, it's not like they have a lot of birds to choose from!
I think it sorta depends. You can tell the dogs who are obsessed with bumpers and that's why they shop, and those who are avoiding more work by slowly and apathetically shopping. Fisher is definitely the former! It is annoying but on the scheme of things....not something I'm going to lose sleep over.
Fisher has favorite bumpers, so I speed up the process by putting one of his favorites in the pile, he grabs that first no questions asked and comes back right away. His favorite is big white with streamers, then big black & white with streamer, small white with streamer, small white then small orange. Weird but true

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Evan's video was how I was taught with Quinn and Gabby. Yes the bumpers are in PLAIN site. We did several just back casts before we added any over. Then we first just added one bumper on each side but still just back cast. So the dogs saw the other bumpers. I still focus on the backs more than the overs. I was stepping clearly laterally at first but as they progressed, I would assess each situation and either stay still or move over. I always use the rope. Man it's a pain to manage but learned a lot faster when they took the wrong casts.

Gabby is a shopper. Darrin said don't worry about it. His point was when they get to blinds and marks there won't be several birds from which to choose. Gabby, like Anney said about Fisher,is bumper obsessed, I think if her mouth were big enough she would bring them all back at once. Evan says to use only one bumper, I use two on the backs, one on each side. Don't ask me why. I just do.

Also I would take advantage of having the Dahl's so close by all means take lessons. You will not regret it. I drive 2 hours one way a week to my trainers. Worth every minute and dime spent.

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Evan's video was how I was taught with Quinn and Gabby. Yes the bumpers are in PLAIN site. We did several just back casts before we added any over. Then we first just added one bumper on each side but still just back cast. So the dogs saw the other bumpers. I still focus on the backs more than the overs. I was stepping clearly laterally at first but as they progressed, I would assess each situation and either stay still or move over.
This is how I was coached through this also. The step or two to the side really help her get the idea. Also at this point I was told to always have a bumper in my back pocket. That way I could throw to the pile to show it to her if necessary. Seems like once they catch on they love casting games.

I too think the Dahl's would be an amazing opportunity. I know Winter and I would not be as far if we did not train with a Pro.
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