Extending Your Spaniel on Marks
by: Gary Breitbarth at G&D Kennels
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0:39 One of the common things that happens with a dog when you're throwing a lot of retrieves- they don't want to stretch out and go further. We're going to start that today with this dog. This dog's had a lot of thrown birds. We're going to start stretching the dog out a little bit with the retrieves and somebody throwing the retrieves for us.
1:01 Good dog. Thatta girl. Good girl.
I'm going to give her a fun bumper here. I'm going to give her a fun bumper to loosen her up. Fun bumper!
1:13 Now she's handled that distance very well, so we'll extend it and see how she reacts to this.
1:26 in the distance Hey, hey, hey.
1:41 As a professional trainer, this is one of the things I see a lot, a dog's that had a lot dummies thrown around 30 yards, 40 yards. After that, won't go past 40 yards. So we put a thrower out here to throw it over that distance. Now, what the dog will probably do is pull up short and hunt and come back to me. I'm going to push the dog out and get it to go past that.
2:13 in the distance Hey! Hey, hey, hey!
2:24 Good dog. Good girl.
2:30 Now, she's handled that distance very well, so we'll extend it and see how she reacts to this.
2:45 in the distance Hey! Woo hoo!
3:00 Good girl. As you can see, the dog wanted to pull up there and start hunting. But because there was a big, white dummy, she was able to see it and run through it. That's what you want to do with this drill is have a visual dummy, white, black, black and white so the dog see it and starts using its eyes. Then it won't be afraid of going away from you so much.
3:29 Fetch. Fetch!
3:41 She's coming in. She's hunted short. I'm going to walk her out. Fetch.
4:14 What happened there is the dog hunted short, lost its confidence and wanted to come in. I had to push the dog back out so it knows that it's gotta stay out there and hunt. I don't use any corrections or anything like that, just try to gain the dog's confidence.
4:37 Good dog.
4:52 Now, we'll shorten it up just a little bit and try it again. Just a little shorter. Fetch.
5:16 Good dog! Thatta girl! Good dog!
5:23 Okay, we're going to throw this one out a little longer distance and see how she reacts to this. See if she's learned her lesson. If she has, we'll put her up.
5:35 in the distance Hey! Woo!
5:51 Good job! Thatta girl! Alright!
6:09 Okay. I was real happy with that piece of work at the end. She's starting to learn to get out away from me. Hopefully this tip will help you on extending your dog on retrieving and using his eyes. That's very important in retrieving. The big thing you want to look for is how to extend your dog. You can either use throwers or you can get a remote launcher which you can use if you don't have somebody to help you.
This is Gary Breitbarth at G&D Kennels and Gundogs Online.
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