Peter-Thanks for the critiques. We have taught the dog in pieces, we taught him first to down after the blind on command, then to here and actually come to here. They way our trainer has us do the blinds(and in trial) we say "here", wait for him to look us into the eye and then send him to the next blind, he is not to here completely to us. If he "blew off" the handler he would NOT have been rewarded, the helper would have put the sleeve down and come out of the blind and done the exercise again, he is MOST DEFINITELY not rewarded if he has not done what we have asked of him. As far as obedience, he has already earned a Sch BH under a highly respected jugde, he knows his "Fuse","heres", sit in motion, down in motion, long down stay, fast pace, slow pace, about turn ETC and knows his ob well, but when we are doing just the blind exercise we are doing that piece of it and not making ob perfect so he can learn the blind exercise with out having to focus on the ob, then we will put the pieces together. The blinds are very new to him, only a handful of times on them.
As far as Tracking, he IS tracking for food, he is now up to 30 paces with no food on the track, they track disturbed ground and we do lay food in between, then as they get more advanced start taking the food up.
Like Roger said, we just got this dog back about a year ago as the owners could not handle him, hes got VERY high drive and is very tough for correcting, I am proud of him and my husband for handling him and feel he has come a long way and of course still needs much work.
We will post his Sch1/IPO1 when he gets it later this year.
E-Dog - 2012 WPBTCA National Championships
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Act I, Scene IV of William Shakespeare's "King Henry VI"