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Diversion bird question
This may be a stupid newbie question. If so, I'm sorry!
For people who know less than I do (or if I know less than I think I do and have the definition wrong...), here's what I am calling a diversion bird: A mark that is thrown while the dog is coming back from another mark. The dog has bird #1 in his mouth, is expected to finish retrieve #1, then retrieve the mark that was thrown as he was returning from #1.
What do you want your dog to do when the guns are shot and the diversion mark is falling? Is it best if your dog keeps moving toward you, but watches the mark falling? Or should the dog stop (standing and still holding bird #1), watch the diversion, then finish the retrieve without further command? Or would it be advisable that the dog sit (still holding #1), watch the diversion, and keep looking at the spot it went down until you blow the come in wistle? Senario #3 would basically be a sit to flush/shot as you would expect from a flushing dog, right? And if I understand correctly, I dog that watches where a mark fell for a few seconds typically remembers it better, right? OR does it all depend on the individual dog? Just for clarification, I'm talking about hunt test situation (so if any of these gets marked down, that can play into your answer).
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