In nearly all competitive training venues, there is a “Go Out” or “Send Away” exercise. I would like to take a moment to share a brief overview of how I prefer to teach this exercise and why.
Many years ago when I was trialing one of my very first IPO dogs, I was inspired to examine the common methodology of training a send out. My dog at the time, a temperamental little Malinois named “Filo”, often times lacked the desire to run down field to a strategically placed toy reward. After a couple of National Championship trials attended, and point losses accrued, I decided to step outside the traditional Schutzhunder’s training tool box and look to other venues to improve my methodology. I would say a series of blunders forced me to take a cold, hard look at the traditional send out method, and break the exercise down into minute increments.