Blind Retrieves & Casting

Blind retrieves are about being able to handle and direct the dog at a distance, both on land and in water. The dog doesn’t know where the game or dummy is, so it is up to you to send the dog to the correct place. The dog needs to know hand signals and commands for going back (straight out from your left side), go left, go right and continue further back (from having it’s nose toward you turn 180 degrees around and run the other way).

The dog also needs to know the stop whistle (stop when you want it to) and hunt whistle (start to hunt in a small area where it’s standing). A complete blind retrieve, or cast, would then for example be go back, stop, go right, stop, hunt whistle, find dummy, pick it up and deliver it to the handler.

In this category you’ll find all our blog posts on blind retrieves, casting and handling.

Good luck with your training!

//Elsa & Lena at Retrieving for All Occasions

Blind retrieves
Lena Gunnarsson

Breathe! Count to three!

This is a text addressed to myself. But I think you might recognize yourself too 😉 This text is about breathing when casting. Sounds easy?

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Blind retrieves
Lena Gunnarsson

Casting is so much fun!

Besides the actual hunting with a spaniel – which when it flows is an experience that’s hard to beat – I really enjoy working on

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Blind retrieves
Elsa Blomster

Training on your walks #FTW

My students often wonder how much and when to train. I usually share my super tip: training on your walks! Occasionally, I’ll do short training

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Blind retrieves
Elsa Blomster

Challenging Water Work

To train water work is both fun and challenging. Most spaniels and retrievers love water and sometimes they get too excited as soon as they

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Blind retrieves
Elsa Blomster

Walk up

When we were in England at a summercamp with Dogs for life and Philippa Williams a couple of years ago we did a lot of 

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Blind retrieves
Elsa Blomster

Do as I Say! (casting)

To work with independent dogs   Diesel is a very independent dog, and I have to work hard to convince her that it actually pays

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Blind retrieves
Elsa Blomster

Get Over!

A couple of years ago my dog Diesel and I, as well as my friend Åsa were in England. We went by car to take

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Blind retrieves
Lena Gunnarsson

Chaining Exercises

Quite often, I can’t stop myself from digging into details. It’s great fun, of course. But then I have to put all these details together

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