I did a little goose hunting last year which meant sitting in blinds or behind trees waiting for them to fly over. Mia, Elvis and Doc were not impressed with this type of hunting.
So when a good friend gave me a new portable duck blind, I decided it would be good to introduce the guys to hunting from blinds. It took a while to figure out how to set it up, but once I decided to stop following directions, it went up much faster.
After letting the guys investigate and inspect the blind, I did about 5 minutes of training for their first session. I didn’t focus on how long they stayed in the blind, but rather, looking for triggers that would cause them to break.
With each dog, I called them into the blind and gave them the “stay” command, then walked out of sight for a couple of minutes. They all did well with that so the next step was to go into the house and wait a few seconds before going back outside and releasing whoever was in the blind. Again, they all did well with that little exercise.