How to make long marks more
Written by Michelle Linnane
of all let me say not all these ideas are mine. They are ideas that I have
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
for a fact that they did see a mark. I don't do this on all occassions but for
my training I do.
White Tape on Bumpers
White tape on white
and black bumpers, I have found in different lighting conditions
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.
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
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
I take a piece of
white string and tie to the rope and then tie it to the bottle and it is not
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
White Towel on
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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