Have you been able to Stacey? How’s it going?
It's been interesting the last few weeks. I got the camera out and had a friend video me and Riot on a couple of cold blinds. I won't share it here, it was quite bad. Sooo a friend with many years of experience in the field trial game is working with me to correct our issues.
1. Go back to double T. But do not run to the side piles, only to the back pile.
2. If the dog goes to the side piles, No, Here, move up, resend. Do not cast from the whistle sit, just recall and resend.
3. Run the dog to the back pile 6-8 times. Only from your side, no casting.
4. Do this drill 5 to 8 sessions until the dog is perfect and doesn't go to the side piles.
5. Then start casting to the pile. Whistle sit midway, then cast to the back pile.
6. Casting only to the back pile several sessions.
7. Once he's perfect, then move on to casting to side piles.
8. When casting to side piles, only cast to side 1 out of 3 casts.
9. No cold blinds again until his obedience is cleaned up.
Riot needs to learn I'm driving the bus. Riot knows double T, the issue isn't teaching him double T, it's about getting him to learn that I'm in charge. This drill is all about me being in control. It's hard to back up this far, but he continued to degrade on his cold blinds to the point that he didn't need me at all.
So far he has taken 2 weeks to run this drill in Stage 1. Only once without going to a side pile when I send him from my side. That's a lot of No, Here, resend. I am not even casting him yet. Sunday was his first day doing the drill clean. Yesterday (Monday), he was back to his old tricks of running to a side pile. Yesterday he even blew off my sit whistle and picked up the bumper anyway. Which of course he got some collar response from me. He sat next to the pile and I took the bumper and threw it back on the pile. He didn't do it again. Looks like we will be in Stage 1 for awhile longer. He's a lot of dog and I need to be patient and not move ahead too quickly.
I was told the idea is that the dog has to make mistakes and you have to correct the dog in order for this drill to work.