Paul Rawlings
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.