I start the hold with me seated, and using food to keep the dog calmer and keep the hold calmer. I start using prey drive once the hold is well understood. Looks fine to me though!
Thanks. That is exactly how DZ started us on it too.
Have you seen Lou Jollyman's video series on training the clicker retrieve? SUPER! (IMO).
I have not watched that one yet. I will definitely look into it though. I build it up via the clicker but I have trouble handling the dumbbell and the clicker at the same time so I'm using the voice to mark instead.
Thanks for the link.