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 Waterfowl2019-12-12T10:57:59-05:00 Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitter Related Posts Delta Waterfowl Staffer’s Dog is an HRC Champion September 9th, 2020 | 0 Comments Duck Dog Tip of the Week: Updated Info on Puppy Vaccinations August 27th, 2020 | 0 Comments Duck Dog Tip of the Week: Feed to Your Dog’s Fitness August 27th, 2020 | 0 Comments Duck Dog Tip of the Week: Carbohydrates, They’re as Important as Protein and Fat June 26th, 2020 | 0 Comments Duck Dog Tip of the Week: Essential Training Tips for Sporting Dogs June 26th, 2020 | 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.