One of the key things about Fundamentals is that during this time it’s important that the dog progresses in his marking as well. During this part of training Bill likes to do at least what he calles “walking marks,” where you make the dog sit, you walk out a ways,
say “sit” and throw a mark and send the dog. Bill likes to do literally hundreds of these.
They start short and can progress up to perhaps 100 yds away from your dog.
While you are working on Fundamentals make sure you inject lots of marks, flyers, birds,
dead birds, pigeons, ducks, chickens . . . . . . . a lot of marking in conjunction.
To Bill, during Fundamentals is when you are designing your dog’s character, you are
giving him his skills. If you do it right, you are developing every good trait that your
dog was born with. It’s during water training you can make a dog great or make a dog
less than great. You are developing the right attitude that allows your Fundamentals
to progress at a better rate. These are attitude marks so that when challening marks
come up the dog has the right attitude to deal with them.
Summary: Fundamentals in the water gives you a chance to make a great dog and it’s
important that they have the right attitude and to keep that attitude in the right place..
One of the ways you do this is by a constant amount of marks that bolster and create
the right attitude. Almost every day after training Bill likes to take the dog and just
stroll around and wait for little situations to arise, spend time, nobody else around,
you and your dog, these are the magical moments. Thousands of marks, do you think
that would help their marking to have thousands of marks?