To get the dog to stop when it’s busy doing what it enjoys the the most – hunting – can be very difficult, but it can be done! Here you’ll find all our blog posts about how we clicker train our dogs to get very good “brakes” – namely to stop at the stop whistle or the stop command. The stop whistle for spaniels means that the dog stops; standing, sitting or laying down. The spaniel doesn’t have to look at you, but if it does it facilitates directing it to find the retrieve. If it looks forward (where the game landed) it will be easier for it to retrieve the game since it then more easily will remember where it landed. The stop whistle for a retriever means that the dog should stop and look at you, standing or sitting (or laying down, but that’s not very convenient because the dog won’t see you as good then).
Good luck with your training!
//Elsa & Lena at Retrieving for All Occasions
I love all parts in training a spaniel but I must say that it’s training steadiness to wing and shot that I love the most.
In a previous post on steadiness, Sit, sit, sit, I talk about the importance of the dog being able to sit and remain sitting in