Three Handed Casting (3HC)
Two Bumper Technique
equipment: two 3" bumpers, place board, pinch collar & 26' Flexi-lead
Teach the left and right backs individually and before doing "overs".
Determine the dominant turn direction and do more back casts for the
"weak" side. Work on the left and right "overs" individually, too. Keep
it simple and balanced.
The 1st stage uses the technique of "identifying" the target.
"Identifying" means throwing a bumper to the position or another
bumper(s). When the pup begins to understand each cast thru
repetition........a combination of two be can be taught....as a "back"
with an "over". It is easier for a pup to cast "back" wheeling away
from an "over" placed bumper.
note: This is not a one day drill. Keep each session short. Follow the
standards of quality teaching. Example: Start with what was
taught the lesson before (review). Next, present something
new (introduce & teach). Lastly, do something he is good at
(finish on a positive note).
Eventually, all four casts can be combined. The final expectation is to
be able to have a pup work "three handed casting" in the manner
demonstrated in the photos. A further deepening of casting skills
can be done by teaching a pup to cast "back" wheeling toward the
side with an "over" bumper.***
The mechanics of the drill in the photos requires that the retrieved
"back" bumper is always thrown to the back position and the
retrieved "over" bumper is always thrown to the opposite side. ***
Most of all, this is a fun drill taught with a calm, quiet voice. Work
slowly and let the pup think about his responses. Well timed
praising is "gold". This is a priceless time to enhance the
teacher/student relationship. Teamwork is a learned concept.
"It's not you and me....it's us." z
note: This drill can be done without a placeboard by simply "meeting" the
dog or heeling back to the position where casting is to be done from.
In addition a, checkcord can be the controlling device.
note: Early on, my pups are conditioned to a "place board". At first the pup
is fed on one. Later, OB has him routinely walking over one, sitting on
one and returning from remote sits off it. In this drill, it isn't very long
before pups learn that's where they are supposed to be. As the drill
progresses, the pup returns with a simple hand motion to the "place
board" where they generally turn around and "square up", especially
since the Flex- lead is right there........tight and ready to "help".
note: The best location to start the drill is with a slight incline in the back.
When a pup turns, the back bumper has excellent visibility.
note: Not everyone will "appreciate" the value of a flexi-lead.
** (original info source using two bumpers approach)
Developing Handling as an Extension of Force-Fetch I (Link)
Developing Handling as an Extension of Force-Fetch II (Link)
Gunny, 11 months old, is the dog in the photos....FF, FTP, CC.
(prepared using mostly Evan Graham's program)
| "start up of final
"back to second photo to repeat sequence"
and eventually move on to the more difficult presentation (see above) ***