The Restrained Chase Drill
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0:45 Hi, I'm George Hickox. We're here in the prairies of North Dakota, my summer training grounds. Today, we're going to talk about restrained chase drills. There's three point drills. One's a flyaway. One's a restrained chase. One is a finished point drill where we actually teach the dog to be stayed at wing and shot.
1:03 In the restrained chase drill, I'm going to bring the dog in perpendicular to the scent cone. I have a locked wing pigeon planted here. I'm going to bring the dog in perpendicular to the scent. The dog establishes point. I'm going to move in front and then I'm going to launch a bird. I have two remote bird launchers out here, about 15 yards out. I'm going to launch a bird. The dog's going to chase it. I'm going to run with the dog. I'm not jerking it. I'm not stopping it from chasing but I'm holding on to the check cord. Just my weight will be sort of an anchor to the dog and will slow him down. I'm then going to bring the dog back, reestablish point and then launch a second bird.
I always like to launch a second bird. The reason for that is if the dog always thinks there's another bird coming, he's less likely to chase in the first place. So we're just moving towards making the dog stay at wing and shot. We're giving the dog a picture that I'm in front and we're launching. Flyaway drills have already been done where we allowed the dog to chase the horizons so now we're just restraining the chase without standing back there and correcting the dog in the place where the scent of the bird is. Correcting the dog at this point, in this young puppy's development, where the scent of the bird is, becomes very volatile and we don't want to be there. We're looking to maximize style.
2:18 So let's go get a dog and see how it works. [whistles] Right there. [bird launcher fires] [bird flying away]
2:57 [bird flying away] [dog panting]
3:13 Alright, sweetheart. So in the restrained chase drill, you're running with the dog. You're not trying to put pressure on it in the place where the scent of the bird is. You have your launchers outside, your planted bird which is a locked wing pigeon where the survey tape is and I have my launchers outside. I want to have the dog come back and reestablish point and then launch the second bird.
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