Premier Gundogs Training Kennel
Dale and Kris Taylor
Hallam, Nebraska 68368
Copyright  2005
Dale Taylor
It is now time to transition our waterfowl training to a more advanced level. A whole new set of challenges
face the hunting retriever during this training phase. Issues range from ducks dropping in cattails, flooded
and downed timber and on islands, all of which making marking and blind retrieves tough. Also, marshes
holding lots of duck scent, rough waves and cripples that make it to the opposite shore, etc. are common
problems the a finished waterfowl dog must be experienced in.  It is critical not to push the dog beyond
what it can handle and again LOTS OF REPETITION WITH ATTRITION is a must.

Loading in/out of and retrieving from/to a duck boat, ground force blind and ruff stands are common
during this stage of training. Steading is also finished at this time.      

As we transition to water for our blind retrieve work, we start with easy hot blind retrieves and blinds with
a marker on the far shoreline, such as a white bucket used in our Pile work. These give the retriever a
focus to line to.  Again, there are many drills & training techniques involved for honest water work just like
on land.            
Below, we have a young retriever taking a nice line on a cold blind retrieve to the opposite shoreline. There is a bumper on the far
shoreline buried in the cattails ( the red X shows you the spot). If she drifts to far to the right shoreline, I can correct her line with a left
handed back cast to fix the drift. Once she is near the cattails then either a left or right over ( which ever is needed) will do it.