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Introduce Land Blinds starting at Seven Weeks Old

Introduction to Blinds - Dixie Cup Lining Drills   Video Example   (This is the same fun drill we use to teach a fast recall)
 

Begin this drill at seven weeks. Only do a few repetitions each day.

Hold your pup and make sure he watches you place a treat on top of a white eight ounce or larger Dixie cup. Put the pup down about five inches from the cup and let him go. After he eats the treat call him to sit in front. Praise, pet and treat for every recall at first.

Do several of these. When your pup is going straight to the treat and is sure of the location, place the treat and then still holding the pup, back away before releasing him. Back up only a foot or so at first.

After you back up, hold the pup in front of you to show him the cup and then set him down and release him to get his treat. This sequence will become a pattern and a useful cue for him when you start lining him longer distances. After he eats his treat off the cup call him "Here" and praise, pet and treat (PPT) him for the sit in front.

As you increase the distance, begin to reward intermittently on the return, but continue to praise and pet him heartily on every return.

Be sure to gradually increase the distance you are sending your pup. As long as your pup is running straight to the cup and is not loosing focus on the task keep increasing the distances you back away.

Videos showing how this applies to Field Training.

Here the same techniques are used to introduce Walkout blinds.  

Adding Diversion Marks to the walkout blinds

Triple Blind

Poison Bird Blinds

 

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