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  1. I have a 2 year old lab bitch, she has all the basics, great nose, speed, very responsive to the whistle and takes direction. The problem is she has got sticky by my side, when trying to send her for a retrieve she will sometimes look up at me or scan and not lock on to the target. We are talking marks and memories not blinds, so my first thought is confidence. so walk out throw the dummy up again to show her and try and send her again. Sometimes this works sometimes not, the more I have been trying to tackle this certain things have become apparent. I am beginning to think it isn't confidence on knowing where the retrieve is. The reason I think this is that if I stand off of her, by just a couple of yards, and send her back she will go every time with no hesitation and pick. If I stand off of her and send her as an out or away, again she goes without hesitation. But by my side she will stick up and not lock on to my arm (not every time, sometimes she does it perfect and sometimes not). It's the same weather short or long event when the dummy has been thrown to the same area as the previous retrieves. She is a very honest dog and really loves to please, very driven, but soft. I think It's as if she is not sure if she is allowed to go or not. Although I cannot pinpoint it to any one thing or point in time, I'm beginning to think this may have been as a result of general steadiness training in group training environments, she is unsure if she is allowed the retrieve or not. Anyone had a similar experience and found a way to overcome this? She is a great little dog and when she goes her work is fantastic and she really wants the retrieve, but obviously the challenge is getting her to leave my side.
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