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Today was a LONG day.
First set up was a converging double the go bird landing on a crest of a hill against a treelike. The memory bird was meant to make the dogs hunt behind the gun. Proof nailed the go bird which was difficult for a lot of dogs and then he did great on the memory bird had a small hunt but in the area, didn't get sucked in by the factors.
Second set up. Again converging. Go bird not to far away long bird was designed to cheat big time. Super long water entry with a road going next to a long pond. Proof cheated. Stopped him and as I stopped him he started to get into he water, which he knew better anyway. Still called him back. Second run I guess he thought he got into trouble getting into water and ran super fat from the water...NOPE buddy. stop, nic, here here, nic. Shortened up about ten feet and he nailed it and then came back great. Reran from original spot and that little jerk nailed the mark but cheated coming BACK! So stopped him, walked out to him heeled him back to the other side of pond. Sit, stay. met him at the other end and made him swim back to me then met him at the line.
Third series. both mark right to left. Go bird at the end of a pond on a dike. Memory bird was ridiculously long over several slopes and the field is cut into strips of cover. Proof lost sight of the gun and ended up on the wrong side of the gun. Wrapped around and got his bird. Rerun it and he did it again. This time, stopped him (which he stopped way out there on this stupid whistle finally!!) and called him back. Reran it with a BIG white bumper. He took the correct line and ended up with the bird.

Had him do an honor at the water after running the marks and he did that just fine.
Went on and started him on pattern blinds in a new location. He picked that up fine. So we will keep working on those and the ones in his old field and see how he does.
Long day. PLUS was he NEVER went back to an old fall today. Not even on that really hard long mark that he had to take and lost sight of the gun.Good boy.


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So yesterday had a day off of marks but worked on pattern blinds a few times in the yard and once in the field. He is doing great on the yard blinds but the longer ones in the field he's all over the place. I'm just letting it be. I've been told this is the best way to do things but its so hard to not correct his line every ten feet! We'll see. He's a baby and he has time. Not to mention last night was the first time trying it.
So this weekend that is what we'll be working on several times a day. Monday back to marks.

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it was fun watching him run and HE is a lot FASTER that kat so better have your whistle ready!
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So yesterday had a day off of marks but worked on pattern blinds a few times in the yard and once in the field. He is doing great on the yard blinds but the longer ones in the field he's all over the place. I'm just letting it be. I've been told this is the best way to do things but its so hard to not correct his line every ten feet! We'll see. He's a baby and he has time. Not to mention last night was the first time trying it.
So this weekend that is what we'll be working on several times a day. Monday back to marks.
Get the momentum, precision will come.
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Thanks, G. I reran them on Saturday and he did so much better! He is starting to understand. Also, his sits are getting back to where they were with the old whistle. I was getting burnt out on being so patient on those sits.
It is raining again today but I will do some pattern blinds in the yard in between showers and maybe get out there and do some more in the field I will have to see how it goes.
I don't think I care to see another raindrop as long as I live. This messed up my training plans this morning.

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Thanks, G. I reran them on Saturday and he did so much better! He is starting to understand. Also, his sits are getting back to where they were with the old whistle. I was getting burnt out on being so patient on those sits.
It is raining again today but I will do some pattern blinds in the yard in between showers and maybe get out there and do some more in the field I will have to see how it goes.
I don't think I care to see another raindrop as long as I live. This messed up my training plans this morning.
rain has ruined my training plans for almost 2 weeks!!! have yet to get out to check some duck holes and see if they have water but with all this water they should be ready to go when duck season rolls in.
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Ben, matt is driving me nuts about duck hunting. You might have to take him by himself with you one day.

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Ben, matt is driving me nuts about duck hunting. You might have to take him by himself with you one day.
maybe sunday afternoon if it isnt raining matt and i can go and try and scout some places and see what we can find!
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Today, started with yard blinds at my house. Did fine. starting to get better at the whistles
Did three set ups. First one Proof did great on go bird, backsided the gun on the long bird. Helped called back, handled and then reran
Second series, nailed go bird again, backsided the long gun but wrapped around and got the bird. Reran it and did fine.
Third series, nailed both birds. Ironically long gun was intended to be a distraction and Proof didn't let it be.
Went to new pattern blind field and he did great on that. Never gave up and kept pushing. Took a couple nice casts as well.
So today, big pluses, he didn't go back to the old fall on any of the birds. Also, he is literally footing all of his go birds. He is marking really well. Just need to teach him these concepts like carrying lines across slopes.

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Do you think there would be any worth to running all 3 memory birds as singles putting him up for a bit then coming back and running the doubles?
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