Level 4 Training Videos
These videos illustrate some of the activities on the Aytee GSPs Level 4 Training Programme. New skills are still being learnt and all skills are being improved and expanded on. Working game is now the focus of your work.
All gundog training is designed to simulate something that could happen on a days shoot. In this case it is designed to make the dog lift its nose and jump up for the retrieve. A bird could get stuck up in a hedge or fall on a bale or similar. This video is part of the level 4 Training Programme on www.aytee.co.uk.
Getting a long straight runout on retrieves can be encouraged in all sorts of ways. Let your dog take a line to a seen retrieve first and then a blind slightly further down the track. This is part of the Level 4 aytee gsps training programme.
As training progresses work on your dogs ability to sit for extended periods of time with you out of sight and in locations that are unfamiliar. It will be a useful tool that you use throughout his life. This is part of the aytee training programme level 4
Once on a retrieve your dog needs a signal to tell him he is close to the retrieve. On this command he should slow right down, get his nose down and search very methodically, rather than cast wide on the wind. Apart from the traditional "Hie Lost" command I use a seperate whistle command. One long low wavering tone.
Pigeon retrieves are often a first choice bird that handlers give their young dog but, when freshly shot a pigeon looses feathers easily which stick in the dogs mouth and can encourage spitting out or a rough delivery so try and stick with a partridge or hen bird until they have a little more experience. Part of the aytee level 4 training programme
During training devise exercises that will simulate situations that arise on a shooting day, to give your dog experience for real life situations. In this video a dummy is dropped as the dog is returning and he must ignore it. This will teach him not to be greedy but finish the job in hand !