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I agree you can't handle a dog you can't see, that's why I stop on the point and have the dog concentrate on me. I agree with literal casting to a point but there are other obstacles that comes into play such as: 1) knowing your dog: Your dogs grandfather always wanted to go out to sea, I had to fight him not to go so I would not give him a cast to the big water side, I had to keep him tight, if big water was on the left you wouldn't see a left back or angle from me or he would be gone. 2) How your dog was/is trained: My left and right backs will only make a slight difference in the angle they go back so I am more apt to give a silent non-verbal angle with out a step to get the change of direction I want or need.,A lot of it in a trial is which way the dog turns best( give a back with no hand signals and see which way the dog turns to find out) and again knowing your dog.3) Factors such as wind, current and if you are lucky enough to see the mistakes of the other dogs in front of you also play a factor. BUT you should not overcompensate and the goal is a direct line to the bird.
Lee Nelson (Current Dogs)
Firemarks Prayer of Jabez ***, 14 Derby Points, OS, 2006 Maryland Gun Dog Champion-Golden
Rise Again's Jeremiah Twenty Nine Eleven**
RIP: Multiple MH's and Derby pointed Labs.
Last edited by Edward Lee Nelson; 02-02-2018 at 09:55 AM.