At the end of 2017 a HPR trainer moved to our area - Matthew Ball of Dorntanza Gundog Training. Having read Matt's impressive CV (see his website) I decided I'd like to pursue some one to one training with him, with the aim of improving Otto's steadiness, hunting and possibly his game retrieving.
We've had two sessions thus far, both really useful giving me idea and things to work on. Matt's training is really clear and he also sends really helpful written documents to confirm what you've been working on and tips for home training.
Below are a series of videos of Otto and I (self filmed on my GoPro) training last week, here I'm working on getting him to wait for me to send him for retrieves, sometimes picking up the dummies myself and other times letting Otto pick them up. I'm also mixing up between seen, blinds, memory and spilt retrieves.
This is my blog about what I am up to with both my camera and my dogs Otto & Hazen.