We took a break from the water last weekend and I worked with Doc and Mia on the Looking Glass drill. This drill, along with the power bar and waist cord, was developed by Mike Gould and is used to help retrievers take straight lines to their marks and ignore poison birds (bumpers they have to ignore).
The drill consists of laying out two rows of bumpers that essentially act as poison birds, but also provides a virtual lane for the dog to follow. The mark, or bumper they are supposed to retrieve, is placed at the end between the rows. The drill consists of casting the dog between the two rows of bumpers and the objective is to retrieve the bumper at the end. A very challenging drill for dogs just starting out, since they have a tendency to go after the poison birds.
I haven’t done this drill in a few years and Mia was confused at first, but once she caught on, did a great job. After she was making retrieves consistently, I set a pile of bumpers for her to retrieve.
This was Doc’s introduction to the drill and he’s not quite ready for it. He was becoming more confused by the drill so I stopped and had him retrieve a pile of bumpers. It’s a drill he’s going to have to gradually work up to.