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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-18-2015, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Step Down In Action

The dog bowls sit on a cafeteria tray to catch dripping water...that lip on the edge of the tray is really intriguing. This represents the lip created at the front and sides of a step down dirthole that a canine must commit over to analyze the attractor. There is something interesting about this though. Keep in mind my dogs have never had a bad expirience with this tray to have any fear or wariness of it. They work around that darn lip whenever possible. I had to move the one bowl into the very center to get them to commit. Most of the time they'll pick the closest edge so they don't have to step over. So, there is something that even a nonwary domestic animal hesitates for when committing. Just got me thinkin that a fox, especially one that may have been educated in the past, could be real finicky in this situation. I supoose this is where a well blended flat set would work. Just thought it was interesting how my dogs hesitated without any reason that I'm aware of. Haha Even poodles can teach a lesson I guess.

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Now lay a piece of 1/2" or 3/4" plywood against the tray to level up the lip to create just the step down.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-18-2015, 11:30 AM
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"so you psychoanalyze how your dog eats?"

to the average person it must sound crazy, yet to us, its perfectly valid thinking, and beneficial to our hobby. obviously i dont do it EVERY time, but more than once i've paid attention to my dog when i take him places and he has to pee, etc. he's use to the backyard, but new places simulate what other canines in the woods encounter when coming up on sets and how he approaches, reacts, etc, can help me out, so its comforting to know i'm not the only one using their pet as a test bed...
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-18-2015, 06:45 PM
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some people take their dogs on the trapline with them to show locations too.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2015, 05:37 PM
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Interesting stuff, thanks for sharing!
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