How Will You React If Your Dog Fails a Cheating Single?
A few days ago I told the story of a dog named Tie and how the training mistakes I made affected his performance on water blinds for the majority of his career. 20 years later, my experience has led me to understand that training around the water requires a thoughtful and methodical approach.
Remember that there are four core components to an exceptional water training program.
- Mental State
- Conceptual Learning
Today, I'd like to discuss part of my program. Consider the Standards component - our dogs need to make disciplined decisions about getting in the water at the proper location, getting out of the water in the proper location, making the swim, and fighting a crosswind.
One piece of ensuring your dog understands the standards is Cheating Singles.
The video above discusses the prerequisites to teaching cheating singles, the 5 types of cheating singles you need to cover, and how you should react if your dog fails to enter the water at the appropriate spot.