I say "hogwash" to the pro (okay, I know he's the pro and is probably good, but I'll nonetheless express my humble : opinion on this ... I don't mind being wrong :doh: ).Yay, he took a great line and stayed close to the flyer station. I was very pleased. The pro thinks he is only half way trained as he still turned his head and thought about it. He said if he had flared it he would have known not to go near the station. But to me they are the same thing. One day is thinking about it and reacts to flaring it, the other thinks about it and turns his head towards the gun but never veers off line.
I would say "Super Job Proof" for NOT flaring! It's easy to teach a dog to not return to an old fall if you're not concerned about developing flaring! But to teach that concept and retain the confidence/courage to pass nearby the old fall and continue on his merry way to the long mark is something that ain't easy. It's a difficult balance (lots of concepts must be taught with great attention to maintaining balance). And I've seen in more than one dog the tendency to begin flaring the short mark while en route to a longer mark EVEN IF the trainer has conscientiously and strictly avoided applying pressure at or near a short gunner.