The Kwick Pivot Drill is an effective
technique for imprinting literal casting.
Mar 28, 2013 - began new casting drill Kwick "Pivot" Drill (casting variations)
note: first "go" is a variation of Cassity's Renegade
The focus is on "teaching" the look and feel of two different angle backs from
several positions. This provides many different "turning reps" by giving the dog
muscle memories related to a cast. The rationale is to enhance literal casting.
In theory, the dog learns how to take many different "pivots" (brain muscle/eye
coordination). The drill is begun up close for more control and a better "look".
Once the straight on set-up is completed, the handler moves to the right & then
transitions to the left side presentations. The two piles remain in the same spot.
The "target" is not so much the main focus of this drill. Acquiring the precise
physical imprint/skill associated with different angle backs is the rationale.
A dog gradually acquires mental and physical conditioned responses to small
changes in the arm positions of different casts.
note: When running a cold blind the reward for taking a correct literal cast
is subtle. There is no whistle to stop. In this drill, the reward is visually
automatic. A correct turn provides an immediate reward. The proper
response to a literal cast depends on two actions 1) an arm position
interpretation and the correspondingly correct pivot. Taking correct
literal casts is acquired by conditioned responses. The Kwick Pivot
Drill provides an efficient technique.
This is not only a drill for the dog. The handler must move correctly (right or
left) and focus on precise arm motion/positions. The dog is much more likely to
consistently experience the mental and physical aspect of the correct cast
because the drill's requirements are simple. There are just two targets (piles)
which are far apart from each other. This eliminates any distracting influences.
Teaching is simplified.
note: A parallel to the muscle/brain memory imprints discussed above is how a
basketball player learns how approach the rim from different directions
by practicing and engraining the correct speed, motion and touch required
for maximum performance. This only happens with many "correct reps".
In the "heat of the moment", conditioned responses become automatic (a reflex).