My 2 yr old Black lab is a great duck getter.
There are only a few issues that I still need to work on AND I need help to do them, because I am not sure how to fix it.
#1. At home , during training, my dog will sit perfectly at my side and wait for my command to fetch. He would rather die before leaving my side, after I give him the command. BUT, here is the issue. When we are out in the field, sitting there patiently waiting for the ducks to fly by. As soon as I stand up to take my shots, my dog is already running out into the pond, bounding like a deer through the woods. Needless to say, he will stop about 30 ft away and be looking around frantically, wondering why we are so excited, and not knowing where the duck just dropped at. What can I do to stop him from running when I stand up?
#2. At home, I mix up the distances that I throw his bumper, as much as i can. But I can never get more then 40-50 yards or so. Well, that transfers out to the field. And if I 'wound' a duck and he glides longer then 40 yards, my dog has a tough time finding him. The only way he will find him, is if I walk closer to the duck. If the duck is within 40-50 yards, my dog will find him. Any ideas?
Mainly, if I could fix my #1, I think it would help a lot with my #2. I could live with #2 if I knew how to fix #1.
Thanks for the help!