finishing up two new online courses. Complete Retrieve & Training in Drive Collar conditioning for the field. This outtake has too much wind noise in the audio to use in the course, but I think it's still good information.
Heads up - this is a poor-quality, older video clip.
This puppy was 8 weeks old the day this video was recorded. She had one week of training prior to this day.
Several things I want to point out.
This drill combines 6 different responses the puppy has learned. We taught each action individually before chaining them together.
1. go to a target, 2. take a small obstacle en route to the target, 3. recall from the target, 4. remote sit on the return, 5. cast to a target from the remote sit, 6. wait on the target until called, and then 7. another recall.
This was all taught as a game, we do not "make" the puppy do any of this. We are asking the puppy all the time in training, would you like to do ______X___ now?
When the puppy answers Yes! I would like to do ____X___ now we repeat the process, set up the cues that tell the puppy what we want, and then reinforce the desired action.
The cues that inform the puppy what we want in training...
I often run field trial setups as singles for young dogs in training.
There comes a time when the young dog is ready for easy multiples but I still run the bigger setups as singles.
Here is one way to transition the young dog to running the bigger setups as multiples. In this video, we have thrown the long bird first then the shorter mark, this would be the 3typical order for the throws in the derby.
After the pup returns with the last mark thrown, I have him set up on the memory bird. When I believe he is looking out well I have the thrower on the long mark do a silent rethrow of the mark.
This way the pup sees the double thrown, He has to pick out the long gun on his own, and then the rethrow is a big reward for picking out the fall, and he gets to run the long bird as a single.