Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: East of the Mississippi
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With my Derby-dogs-to-be, I'm running lots and lots of singles,with multiple gunners (or stickmen) in the field. Typically the longest ones first, then concluding with the shorter ones, but occasionally running the short ones first if they are set up to be a factor in getting to the longer ones.
For many of the singles, I'll toss a bumper from the line in order to make it the pups use a little bit of memory; this also forces them to re-focus on the longer mark instead of keeping their focus on the long gunner the entire time.
For the time being, I've pulled them off the pattern field and focused on marks.
Additionally, I've been introducing retiring gunners, as well as retired gunners.
For my older dog, I'll let him run some of the marks, then run him on some LONG blinds.
BUT THEY ALL NEED WATER WORK! And with the nighttime temperatures near or below freezing for the next couple of weeks, I don't think that's going to happen for a while.