Just curious what everyone is hoping to accomplish in 2020 related to field events?
It is a good concept to train for but very risky in a trial. Getting a dog to check down on a short retired after running long is not easy, especially when revved up at a trial.The concept is picking up the short retired or any short bird last.
It is a good concept to train for but very risky in a trial. Getting a dog to check down on a short retired after running long is not easy, especially when revved up at a trial.
Most people think of secondary selection as picking up the last bird down first then the rest from shortest to longest regardless of the order they were thrown.
No my dog won't go back to an old fall (Knock on wood). As you said, a middle short retired can be a killer. I went out in the 1st along with half the field in an am last fall. Middle retired, followed buy a short stand out, then a long flier, in an open pasture. Nearly every dog that missed the middle retired hunted upwind & deep and did not recover. A couple sent to the middle retired 1st but the dogs got sucked into the flier and then would not go back to the middle. Tough test but fair. We honored the eventual winner and the handler did what I should have done, she took a lot of time before sending on the retired bird making sure the dog was lined up and looking correctly.SRW, yes I think it’s very tricky, I have a strange selector. I have always trained secondary selection with our dogs. But my 2 yr old will secondary, primary, ideal, flyer 2nd or 3rd at a trial. I have no clue what’s in her mind when I get on the line. I go with it. I can’t fight her. So, I decided to train a few setups a week on ideal and maybe throw in a primary test. I want to be prepared. There are different views on ideal selection. Dave Rorem does a lot of ideal selection with great success but he trains on it. I think it depends on your dog. Will your dog go back to a long bird twice after being there once? A good test is the killer of all: the short middle retired. We ran that the other day and all dogs went short middle retired second and had to be handled back, we ran ideal and picked it up last with success. I just like to be prepared. I am no expert by any means. My issues isn’t marks though, she always gets her bird. It’s blind control 200 yrds out which we are working on.