Preliminary March & April "data" (updated April 6th)
days off 5,6,7,8th (weather), 12th, 16th, 18th, 22nd, 28th...1st
note: on all "days off" - fun OB sessions are done in the
indoor heated area
group training - 4th,6th
stand alone/send back singles - marking practice 1st, 2nd, 9th, 15th
go as "scent" drill 25th
casting singles - marking practice 19th
pin-point marking drill once a week 10th
marking setups (land and water) alternating days 16th, 17th, 21st, 23rd
Y-Drills 16th, 24th, 25th
triples 3rd, 4th, 21st, 4th
line "distraction" practice 1st, 2nd, 9th, 15th, 5th
blinds 14th,15th, 25th (marking setups), 4th, 6th (marking setups)
poison bird blinds 6th
point blinds 10th, 11th, 18th
KRDs (blinds) 14th, 16th, 17th, 19th
note: the above three are quite different
flyers (every week) starting the end of April
ducks 15th, 21st , 25th, 4th, 5th, 6th
one land handling drill per week 10th, 26th
two water “cheating” drills per week (too cold yet)
AKC OB class 13th, 20th, 27th, 3rd
Lowe's OB store visit 12th, 26th
up to date April 6
March 18th analysis - more marking setups (concepts), multiples,
ducks, more handling drills
March 25th analysis - handling drill practice, "pin point" marking
practice, ducks, ABC marking setups with
wingers, doubles, "action at the line" practice,
March 29th analysis - simplify at bit (impending heat cycle)
Y-Drills, KRDs, ABCD singles, simple doubles
April 6th analysis - handling drill, pin point marking drill, remote
winger singles, new point blind, triples twice a
week, line distraction setup with ducks once a
week, begin "three peat" blinds
no signs of being in heat or impact on "thinking"
September 2018 update
HR KwickLabs Fountain of Youth SH
note: The continuation of the process is in the following link.
"Seize the Moment"
focus - two week intervals with "balance" (skill development/repetition/practice)
note: this will be modified (when necessary)
note: full implementation will begin around the middle of April
1. Two evening group session per week plus find another day group (mid-April)
2. point blinds, KRDs, marking setups (land and water) alternating days, flyers every
week, ducks often, one land handling drill per week, at least two water “cheating”
drills per week, a pin-point marking drill once a week
training areas – “go farther” at least three times a week
30 minutes (or less) "about" one hour
The Sand Ponds W-Property-FT
Thorson Pond DTA Stoughton-FT
Harrison Road DTA Gallagher-FT
Roscoe Riverside DTA Bong “Rec” Area
Roscoe Retention Pond DTA Club House “lily pad” area spring
Four Lakes DTA
“Can They?”, Suggestions and "Points To Ponder":
"Can they" check down on a short bird after going long for a flyer? Can they punch long after picking up a short flyer? Can they maintain their line while angling factors such as roads, ditches, cover strips, hillsides, water, etc.?"
Practice Hillmann’s approaches to enhancing memory and marking.
"If you want to challenge your dog, a double-double is a great way to do it. Throw a dead bird double and pick up the least difficult bird first. After the dog delivers it, throw another double that includes a flyer. This setup really tests memory, particularly if the memory bird of the first double is thrown toward the memory bird of the second double. Leave enough room that it is not a switching test, but rather, a memory test."
This is a work in progress.
example - Master test 3rd series
Mark 1 thrown onto the point
Mark 2 thrown down the far shore. Diversion shot after picking up mark 2 from
holding blind of mark 2.
Pick up marks, run land blind next.
Run the down the shore on and off the point blind last.
"Skinny" angle entry of about 25 yards. Wind blowing 15 angled toward the shore.
Journal Inventory - Balance Sheet
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