Duck Dog Tip of the Week: Stand Alone Marks Duck Dog Tip of the Week: Stand Alone MarksTraining alone? Here’s how to increase the length of your dog’s retrieves while also reinforcing steadiness. Delta Waterfowl2019-12-12T10:57:59-06:00 Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterRedditWhatsAppPinterestEmail Related Posts Duck Dogs-Bumpers, lines, and success March 15th, 2021 | 0 Comments Duck Dogs-Build Confidence with Retrieves February 16th, 2021 | 0 Comments Steady Dogs January 29th, 2021 | 0 Comments Duck Dog Tip of the Week: Puppy Games January 21st, 2021 | 0 Comments Duck Dog Tip of the Week: Puppy Treats January 13th, 2021 | 0 Comments One Comment Miss Skeeter December 17, 2019 at 12:01 pm - Reply Excellent! The retriever should completely focus on the mark and ignore the handler. One mistake beginners make is a hand signal release..that diverts the focus of the retriever from ” burning in on the mark” to the handler. I like to teach pup to “burn in” or focus on the mark and ignore the thrower by starting stand-alones from behind the retriever. That way the retriever learns the routine is to focus on the mark until verbally released by the handler. Focus is the key to pinpoint marking. I also use stand-alones to teach pup to mark off the direction the simulated shotgun is pointed. We do this by using a radiator clamp/old rifle stock and a dummy launcher. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzzDUiVeudw Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.