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      Brooks Ladder Drill

      We went out this morning and did a ladder drill, 6 Dokken's laid out in a straight line 25 yards apart. I videoed the last three, 100, 125, and 150 yards out. Since Brooks had already picked the first three he knew the line. It is just a matter of him going until he gets to the next bird. I do this drill 2 or 3 times a week to help with handling him on blind retrieves, teaching and reinforcing running in a straight line, in the direction which I send him.

      One of the things we've struggled with is his "HOLD" upon returning with the bird. Since he had some issues, especially with the first of the three birds, I did a walking "HOLD" drill with him to complete the training session where Brooks was expected to properly hold the Dokken as we heeled, changing pace and direction, and exchanging the bird multiple times.

      At the end you can see just how happy he is.


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      You can do this with gloves for utility, too. Fun game!

      I was having issues with Linus holding the bird all the way in and it was my handling. Fixed that and he never dropped a bird again. If you're reaching out or bending over your dog, that can cause pressure and the dog will dump the bird. I didn't know I was doing it until I videoed myself. Sometimes it is the handler, not the dog.

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      Love that smile at the end!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Labradorks View Post
      You can do this with gloves for utility, too. Fun game!

      I was having issues with Linus holding the bird all the way in and it was my handling. Fixed that and he never dropped a bird again. If you're reaching out or bending over your dog, that can cause pressure and the dog will dump the bird. I didn't know I was doing it until I videoed myself. Sometimes it is the handler, not the dog.
      No it's definitely the dog. I purposely stand straight up until he's at heal and firmly holding the bird. Even then I will wait a couple seconds before I reach for the bird using the release word "give". I will also hold the bird/bumper over his head with a "leave it" to prevent him from lunging back at the bird (which he did in the video, my fault for not telling him to "leave it").

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      Quote Originally Posted by kimbersmom View Post
      Love that smile at the end!
      Thanks! Yeah I swear he's about the happiest dog ever. We were at an obedience show and go this past Saturday and it was the first time we've done Open run throughs outside of training classes. He did a pretty good job, and as we were leaving the ring the lady who was acting as the judge comments how she just loved how happy Brooks was and how much he loved to work. I get that all the time from people who watch him.

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      Quote Originally Posted by barry581 View Post
      No it's definitely the dog. I purposely stand straight up until he's at heal and firmly holding the bird. Even then I will wait a couple seconds before I reach for the bird using the release word "give". I will also hold the bird/bumper over his head with a "leave it" to prevent him from lunging back at the bird (which he did in the video, my fault for not telling him to "leave it").
      What do you do for the chomping?

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      Very impressive Brooks!

      I enjoyed watching this...he's very focused!

      Good Job Brooks!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Labradorks View Post
      What do you do for the chomping?
      We do a lot of basic hold training with a variety of items, using physical contact, praise and edible rewards. Correction by a finger tap on the nose or chin, or a nick with the collar as corrections depending on what we are doing/retrieving/holding at that given time,

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      Quote Originally Posted by barry581 View Post
      We do a lot of basic hold training with a variety of items, using physical contact, praise and edible rewards. Correction by a finger tap on the nose or chin, or a nick with the collar as corrections depending on what we are doing/retrieving/holding at that given time,
      Have you tried a chin rest? Where the dog pushes his chin into your hand while holding the item? Makes it impossible to chomp. It should be done early on, before chomping begins (such a habit!), but it might help.

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      Brooks looks beyond happy doing what he is doing

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