GUNDOG TRIALS TRAINING
If your retriever is being steady by your side, no matter whether the trial is walked-up or driven, reminder commands should not be necessary.
The only time a command should be given is when you want the dog to do something different, such as retrieve.
A sudden change of direction might require a hand signal or command, but at other times the dog should be ?glued? to your side.
If you have to spin round to mark a bird behind, the dog should follow.
If your lack of control at heel necessitates reminder commands, then you will be penalised.