Training Tip #43
Bird-in-Mouth in Teaching Doubles
From: Total Retriever Marking with Mike Lardy
There are essentially three steps to teaching doubles in the field. First we run singles off multiple guns with the "bird-in-mouth." That is, the bird is not taken from the dog until the next bird has been thrown. This is not a double but introduces the mechanics of a double (deliver facing the next mark and begin to focus the dog's attention on the remaining mark before taking the bird away).
The bird-in-mouth procedure also creates a slight delay between the throw and the send- making the mark a sort of mini-memory bird. Note that we generally wait until after a dog is force-fetched before doing this procedure to avoid a lot of problems with delivery. There are then other steps that we follow to teach doubles. This step prepares them for the next.