Sometimes when I post training pictures, readers will notice “geese” in the background.
From a distance these may look like real geese, but they are actually decoys.
It is a good idea to train with decoys because whether the dog is hunting or hunt testing, they will spend a lot of time around decoys.
Decoys come in all shapes and sizes.
Sometimes they look like geese.
Sometimes they look like ducks.
Whatever the decoys look like, they can cause mischief.
So it is a good idea to put all kinds of decoys out in different situations so they ignore the dog and more importantly, the dog ignores them.
Decoys can cause particular mischief for young dogs as puppy Glory from Sand Spring Chesapeakes discovered in her first Started Test.
Thunder had his own experience with a decoy causing mischief when he was running a Junior Hunter test. Actually he finished his title the previous day, but since we had already entered him, we let him run an extra leg. The water series was set up so that one of the marks fell behind a strip of weeds in the pond. There were decoys all around and behind the strip of weeds. As usual Thunder went charging out and got the duck, but he was taking a long time to come back. We think one of those mischievous decoys may have got to him behind the weeds. We can’t be sure but we think he may have been checking out one of the decoys, may have even picked it up, and may have been considering bringing it back instead of the duck. We will never know because the weeds obscured our view of him. Eventually he brought the duck.
Decoys can be terrible mischief makers….
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