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Last week Maisey was blinking on bumpers, BIG time. After all she had only seen birds on marks the three months she spent in LA. I handled her back to the first one nicely but the ones after that were battles. It was like she figured out I was handling her to a bumper. We had gunner help too, but she didn't give a crap about the gunner! She was on the search for a bird. I've handled her in marks before with no issues, but wow this was a challenge (that she was not allowed to win).

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Maybe a revisit to FF? Just a couple of sessions maybe?


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She's over it now, but not a bad idea. Wouldn't hurt.
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I spent some time this winter on FF with brushes and handles and hammers, etc. Just trying to make sure we didn't have any holes. Most items he wouldn't pick up initially. That told me I was on the right track. Now if I could just get him to leave all the shoes where they are and not carry them around!


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She was fine with bumpers at the blind. I really think she believed a mark should be a bird. Wishful thinking on her part. Regardless, fetch means fetch.

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I have the reverse problem. Riot never sees birds. And I got in the habit of only using certain types of bumpers. So little bugger decided he was only picking up certain kinds of bumpers. So we went back to FF with all kinds of odd things. I used brushes, hammers, metal handle items, anything I could think of that was different for FF. It's took a little convincing that he had to hold anything I gave him. I regret not doing this during the original FF. So we did 4 or 5 sessions of odd items.

We had a little problem on old birds at a picnic test. Now with being told to fetch it up, when it came to old nasty birds, I'm going to go back to walking fetch to make sure we're on the same page. Doesn't matter what it is, he has to pick it up. I have some fresh pigeons in the freezer I'll use for a reward at the end. But I think we'll be doing a few session of walking fetch, mixing bumpers and birds and odd things to make sure we have compliance.

For the last couple of weeks I was so focused on de cheating on water, I forgot about everything else.


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Just thought I would say something about the heat. Even when it seems cooler with a breeze, 70's, can't do much with the dogs. We trained just a little yesterday but they did not take it well. Hoping to get some water work at some point.
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