Yep. Cooper is parked on a log as we look down range while the bird launchers are being loaded. This is actually a hunt test simulation that replicates conditions seen in flooded timber. In that situation, the hunters may be in a blind or boat while the retriever is parked nearby on a stand set in the water or on the side of a tree.
The issues for the dog and handler are that distance between the two is increased and only a voice command or stern look can control a rambunctious puppy. And with a high and small perch, a dog that tends to break or squirm before being released falls into the water. Not good form. For a dog to mark multiple birds, he needs to be able to turn its head and look in each direction while keep his aft end glued to the stump.
How did Cooper do? Well, after the second shot, he fell off, but immediately sat on the ground until released. For the rest of the dogs, we got a bigger stump with more stability.
Notice below the correct way it should be done. The dog follows the muzzle of the gun, looks skyward over his shoulder, marks the incoming bird, and still stays sitting on the log (the new and improved version – stump 2.0). Even Cooper could have stayed on a stump this size.