I did this little project with a bunch of obstacles (the dogs didn’t notice them though). For the puppy I spread out bird wings, toys and treats. I sent her on both searches and lines. And if she stopped for treats I ignored it, if she found a wing or toy I told her to pick up and recalled. If she stopped for treats during a recall, I ignored as long as she continued her recall after swallowing. Otherwise I did a new recall or asked her to pick up. Treats was her number one goal, wings second and toys last on her list. Her lines was quite straight.
For Hagel I put out a bunch of wings. Sent her on out commands and if there was nothing on her line I asked her to search. She actually gained more and more speed, and I should have figured out that searching for treats (which we have done to make her more detailed and careful earlier) is a way to slow her down. But this idiot has not thought of that part 🙈😝 Her lines aren’t that bad, I actually expected them to be less precise (but they are definitely not straight).
Becca just got dummies and toys. And she obviously considered he search signal to only be about treats, the toys should only be considered secondary and not important if you don’t add the word for picking up when close by. And out can be a line but most often it’s running to what she has in mind or in sight.
Well all of us write here, both humans and dogs ;) At least that was the plan but it seems it´s mostly me Robyn who´s attached to the keyboard...