This is a very fun thing I have been doing with my pup via the suggestion of my trainer, and I think it is going to make running blinds so much easier for her in the future. We've been working on it for about a month, and the results have been phenomenal... she is about 6 1/2 months old now.
We started up setting two traffic cones staggered a few feet from each other. Using food, I taught my pup to go "around" one cone and rewarded when she succeeded. I did this until it stuck in her head.
Once she went around one cone consistently, I would do the other cone (starting from the heel position) until she figured out how to go both ways. Once she got that, I then had her do one, come back to the center, then do the other.
As she figured that out, we then started moving the two cones farther from each other until they were about 10 feet apart, and started using less physical cues (me pointing and walking with her to each cone, guiding with food, etc).
Today, I asked how to start doing four cones. We set them staggered equally on each side, ran one set, had her fuss, and then set her on the second set. She succeeded immediately. We then set up six cones, the sets being about five feet from each other, and did the same thing.
I just thought I'd share a really fun tip to start with young dogs, as I REALLY think it is going to make learning the blinds a lot easier for both of us. We took a video of the six today, I'm hoping my boss will send me the video at the end of the week and I'll post it
Again, I realize this isn't "running blinds", but for a young pup it is a very neat way to start it off.