Ivy and I focused on a long distance retrieve exercise today with a ditch at the far end of the retrieve. The dummy was thrown over the ditch and I sent Ivy out using her name for the command. As she approached the ditch I gave the command 'over'. The trainer asked me to remain quiet and just use the whistle to call her back once she found the dummy.
Today I made sure I was close to the water's edge as Ivy came out of the water so that i could calmly take the dummy from her and then give the command 'shake'. Gradually I want to ease back from the water's edge so that she has the opportunity to get out of the water holding the dummy and deliver to me and then shake. The key lesson I learnt today focuses on consistency with my commands. I should be staying with the same command and not changing it half way through a retrieve. For example I sometimes change my 'get on' command to 'back' when I should be using 'back' consistently for a retrieve exercise. My aim this week is to be aware of what word I am using for each command and aim to be consistent with them so that I do not confuse the dog.