Lydia, you said you make Murray run out until you tell him to stop. How did you get him to do this. Do you mark him to something in particular? Ruger pretty much goes about twenty feet beyond the jumps and will turn automatically then I tell him to sit.
If Ruger has not gone out far enough I generally go out there and physically take him to the spot where I want him, and then we try the exercise again.
I'm just curious as to how you keep Murray running out there.. do you keep telling him to go, or just give one command?
I put a go out post out there for him (but I'm not sure he can see it until he gets close to it...I have no idea what a dog's distance vision is like). I haven't figured out how to make him run to "nothing" yet. I was thinking about asking some of my friends who hunt how they trained their dogs to go back (as well as left or right) until stopped.
It all starts with yard drills. We start with piles of bumpers that they can see and send them to it for a bumper. On the way to the pile we give a nick on the e-collar called forcing to the pile. You later move further away from the pile. Once the dog understands "back" from your side then you can start it from a sitting position facing you. To do casting (right or left) it is similar to the directed jumping signal (to piles of bumpers). Remember there is always a retrieve at the end for the dog which can keep them going for a long distance.I was thinking about asking some of my friends who hunt how they trained their dogs to go back (as well as left or right) until stopped.
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