I had a discussion with a guy not long ago about our expectations of a dog in true hunting scenarios. I encounter situations on almost every hunt where I do not know exactly where the bird is and in many instances I can't see my dog. I want my dog to be able to track and hunt up cripples without my direction to an exact location.
It started with a discussion on how I believed hunt tests to be lacking in real world hunting scenarios.
He was adamant that he would never allow us dog out of sight and wants complete control in all situations...
I just agreed to disagree.
I hope no one ever accuses me of being heavy handed or having dogs that look scared or anything but loving every minute on their training or testing.
Rally was "different" to FF...her desire to please is off the charts. I didn't need a lot of pressure and if I would have hammered her we would have not made much progress.
I taught "hold" and "fetch" first with no pressure, then when I went to ear pinch she knew exactly how to turn off the pressure and I gave just enough for her understand but not enough to get her down.
I can't say that she didn't at times get a little down but I was able to pick up her spirits quickly...
At the beginning of this video I'm FFing and had moved to picking up off the ground.