I posted up a bit ago about working my dogs to be steady to the flush, shot and fall.
Brittany 3 years old, GSP 2 years old.
Here is where im at. Been working yard work with the Whoa command for a solid 6 weeks. Started simple while healing and worked to a farther and farther in front of me on CC. When a good level of compliance was gained that i could stop them from running while a solid 40 yards out off CC and toss treats and balls and stuff around so i moved on to birds.
Status: Brittany is well composed and shows little desire to chase the teathered birds. I think the Brittany will just need more reps to become solid. GSP....gonzo! Holds for treats, etc...but birds tempt him and he takes a step or two. Not sure if its his age, genetic drive, personality or what.
Im working to desensitize him to the flush with birds every few days. I would like him steady by late April...leaves me about 2 more months. Should be ample time i would suspect.
My question is...does anyone know of a force whoa method? I force broke him to fetching and he responded great at only 11-12 months old and is fantastic at that. I have a feeling his bullhead may need more pressure for the whoa/steadyness issue im having. I do have a EC and I do nick him as well has place him back when he steps. Currently i teather a bird...he hunts, goes on point, i whoa...i flush the bird and he will move. If a EC nick is appied he will stop. Should i just keep going with this process? Maybe increase the EC level a bit, and keep going with the exposure hoping it will click soon.
Any help is appreciated
oh yea...just shows how different dogs can be, breeds, age, personality, etc. The Brittany was a issue to FF and the GSP a snap...now whoa....other way around.