How to make long marks more visible.
                                         Written by Michelle Linnane


First of all let me say not all these ideas are mine. They are ideas that I have picked
up from other trainers!

Very often we throw a long mark and you think did the dog see that. Well I don't like
to worry about it. So I do things that keep me from worrying about it. These are some
of things I do to make sure they see the mark. You might argue that they don't do this
in trials, but my dogs don't wear a collar at a trial. If I have to correct a dog I want to
know for a fact that they did see a mark. I don't do this on all occassions but for most of
my training I do.    

White Tape on Bumpers
White tape on white and black bumpers, I have  found in different lighting conditions  that
the dogs see the black bumpers with white tape better.  Have the person throwing the long bird
take both and you determine which is more visible. Throw a white then throw a  black bumper.

I tape both ends of the throwing rope, when thrown at a distance it gives the bumper a tumble
that the dogs seem to see better.   If you dont know where to buy white tape or red to mark
blinds with I sell all colors. white tape

White Tube Sock on Bumpers
 I take a piece of white string and tie it to the rope and then tie it to the tube sock and  throw
so that it looks like the bumper has a tail. This show ups very well and is generally not visible
from the line. The dogs dont have any trouble carrying it back but sometimes we have the long
gunner go pick it up and replace with a bird.


White Bleach Bottle on Bumpers
 
I take a piece of white string and tie to the rope and then tie it to the bottle and it is not hard
to throw and it is very very visible. I also sometimes will attach a little string so I can pull it back
on  the water marks and throw a bird or a bumper in its place. But it always gets replaced with
a bird or bumper. This idea comes from Sandi McCourt, she mentioned that they do this when they 
train.


White Towel on Bumpers
I take a piece of white string and tie to the rope and then tie it to the towel and again the
bumper looks like it has a big tail. If all the methods this is one of the most visible marks.
But it always gets replaced with a bird or bumper. This idea comes from Ginnie Sislane.

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