Intermediate Program: Three to five month commitment.
Dog must have Basic Program Skills.
Review Basic Obedience skills.
Heeling Drills for correct alignment on blind retrieves.
Dog learns to move away from handler's side.
"Sit" on whistle at longer distances--50+ yards.
Blind Retrieves (Dog doesn't see where bird falls)
Basic casting at various distances from handler.
"Back" from handler's side.
Right and Left hand back casts.
Right and Left Quarter back casts.
Right and Left over casts.
Quartering afield within gun range.
Sit-to-Flush (upon request).
Multiple Mark Retrieves
Introduces Doubles (Two marks are thrown and the dog must remember where the first one falls).
Introduces Triples (Same as Doubles except an additional bird is planted and the dog doesn't see it fall).
Diversion birds and diversion shots.
Marking off gun barrel (Dog learns to turn in direction of gun swing).