At a trail, yes, as the dog goes around the first blind, you say HERE........but BEFORE it finishes, it is sent to final blind. Perfect connection with your dog. Going to the blind is not the issue in this exercise. And Sch1 only has 2 blinds. Imagine if you had 6. Do you not think the dog knows the bad guy is in #6 blind? So, how do you NOT get him going to 6 while you are trying to do 4?
3 things you develop here.
1) dog learns he must DO AS COMMANDED, and the consequences are VERY clearly learned.
2) by coming to here command, your dog's drive or conflict should go up, which means power. simple terms, the dog gets pissed off and takes frustration on the helper.
3) the blind is not a slalom. The dog MUST search the blind not just go around it. This is very clearly said in the rule books. Done right, it is more like a flat V, as handler walks the mid line of field.
In terms of tracking, I would not track without someone with HUGE sucessful experience. It is such a hard part of IPO, I commend you whole heartedly that you are doing this. Very cool indeed.
Imagine if he worked a little pissed off. That would be really cool.
E-Dog - 2012 WPBTCA National Championships
The time when screech owls and Bandogges howl and spirits walk and ghosts break up their graves.
Act I, Scene IV of William Shakespeare's "King Henry VI"