Tipper was a pretty easy dog to steady up to wing, it didn’t take long. This was also relatively the same with steady to shot as well, at least usually when I missed. On occasion he had found the sight of a crashing down pheasant all too tempting to stand for. After working Annie on a whoa post and really getting some good results from it, I’d decided Tipper should go through the same this. Teaching whoa this way seems to really good segue for stop-to-flush and backing work, both areas I want to tidy him up with as well as get him solid on shot birds.
I did not imagine he would fight the cord anymore than Annie and she actually didn’t put much fight up at all. I tend to think of him in relation to the rest of the crew as my bombproof mule, he’s always pretty thoughtful in the way he goes about things (you can see the wheels turning in his head so to speak) and he’s pretty even keeled. I can say now that the whoa post can bring some mustard out like no other. He didn’t fight the cord long but he did give it about 10 seconds or so of his best. He surprised me.
Here is his progression:
You can see in the last photo, he’s processing what he should do. His first fit (not photo’d) was longer than the second, after the second he decides standing motionless is his best option. This teaches the dog the pressure at this point of contact won’t go away unless they’re (standing) still. It allows you to move on to an ecollar placed around their middle to get the desired behavior, hands free. Stay tuned.