There are various terms to describe our next concept. Teaching the verbal cue “Way Out” or “Way Back”. What we are try to convey to the dog is to ignore the shorter bird or blinds. Figure A shows the setup.

The distance from the line to the permanent blind should be at least 150 yards.
We start by establishing a permanent blind, start short so the dogs go straight to the pile of bumpers. Now back up and keep sending the dog to the pile. Insist on straight lines.

If the dog gets confused move closer to the permanent blind. Always run with the e-collar but don’t turn it on. We are teaching. Nothing worse than applying severe correction to a dog that is confused.
Now we are going to add complications.

The stakes should have a pile of bumpers just in front of the stake.

Repeat the process you just did.

Start with position 1, Say “Way Back or Way Out”
Move back to 2. Give the oral cue “Way Back”.
Move back to 3. Give the oral cue “Way Back”
Move back to the line. Give oral cue “Way Back”

Again if the dog gets confused and starts to go to the white stake stop him.  Just call him in and move up. Simplify. As he gets it, continue to move back towards the LINE. No pressure, NO collar. You are teaching.

Continue the process of moving the white stakes closer together. You will know when the dog “Gets it” when you put fresh wet paint on the white stakes and move them very close together. Give the cue “Way Out”. Send him to the permanent blind. When he returns, he should have white paint on both sides of his rib cage.

Once he has demonstrated to you he gets it, you give the oral cue “Way Back” and he runs to one of the white stakes, you should nick and cast him to the permanent blind. He really must understand what “Way Back” really means before applying any pressure. If you think he is confused or does not understand, move up and simplify.

You now have taught him a very valuable lesson. “Way Out or Way Back” tells him to forget anything to the side including stakes, birds, holding blinds, or people in chairs or people standing.

Happy Training
John Schulte