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 to take her on some private land and worked a lot on wild pheasants in heavy cover."
"This was also a good place to work on hup, sit, and stay when she would get too far out. Much whistle work was done during these training sessions. Again, this type of training took a lot of time, patience, and praise to get the dog to respond."
Mike and Mackie worked on retrieving a lot during the dog's early months. Then, at about 5 months, Mackie quit bringing back the dummy. "I tried pheasant scent, but it didn't seem to work. At this point I picked up a dog Frisbee called a Flippy Flopper. We called it Flippy and would play with this. I would have her sit, then stay, throw Flippy and release her to go get it. She always brought it back. It got to the point where I could tell her to go find Flippy and she would scour the house to find it and bring it back. The

 GAME DOG book said to only use a dummy and nothing else. In this case, when the 'dummy' failed to fetch the dummy, the Frisbee made the difference," Mike remarked.


When Mackie hit 13 weeks, Mike started using a dead pigeon to work on retrieving. "I would have her sit and stay first, throw the pigeon, fire the gun, then release her to fetch. While she learned what the

 shot meant, I would start throwing the bird over a hill where Mackie could not retrieve by sight. She would have to use her nose to find the bird. Again, repetition, patience, and praise were important."
When the dog was 9 months old, Mike started working her on live pigeons. "At first I would plant the pigeons in some grass, go through the commands, and have Mackie bring the birds back. I then pulled some flight feathers and would throw the bird into the air. After the bird would land, I would wait. This would give her time to get very excited; then I released her to fetch."
The use of the flashlight on the wall was stumbled upon when Mike watched the dog chase the reflection the sun made when it bounced off his wristwatch. "After watching the dog entertain herself for periods of

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