We had a heat wave over the holiday weekend so on Monday we ventured out early to train. Thunder got a pass because he was out in the heat all day Sunday running for his first Finished pass. The little lake we train in is often crowded with people fishing, but we were happy to see there were few people there that morning so we set up on the water first.
We are somewhat limited with what we can set up on this water because of the way the lake is configured. All bumpers have to be thrown into the water due to the large shrubs which ring the edge of the lake. On this water, we can’t really train an in-and-out where we throw a bumper on land and have the dog swim and exit the water to get the bumper. Luckily there is another pond where we can train in-and-outs as long as no one else is using that pond for fishing or to run remote-controlled boats. When you have to use parks, you just have to adjust sometimes.
We wanted to run some marks and a blind with Storm, so we set up a double. We used our winger with a long extension rope to throw Mark 1 and I hand threw Mark 2 over the shrubs into the water from the side of the pond. After Storm ran the Marks, we ran her on a blind which I dropped on the bank where I was standing.
Storm did a good job on the marks. Even though they landed in open water, there are a lot of weeds the area where Mark 2 landed which can sometimes confuse the dogs and pull them off that mark, but Storm did fine.
Next we ran Storm on the Blind, which was sort of under the arc of the Mark 2, (well as good as we could set it on this pond). I took some video of her running this blind. Toward the beginning of the video, you can see something white on the far bank. Storm was fixed on it, (not sure what it was, probably some trash someone left there). It was not the bumper, but she thought it was. She was convinced. Her handler had to change her mind and get her to swim in a slightly different direction to where the bumper was. It took a couple of casts, but Storm finally gave up on the white “something”. It was a good session. Sometimes when you are out training, you get help from things you hadn’t even planned on.
If the video doesn’t play try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u47KtVfkxdU
After we finished up water, we also ran a land double with a blind. It was starting to get hot, so we called it a day. It is nice to have Storm home.
Thunder ran another HRC Finished test this past Sunday. It was a one day test and only about an hour away. Unfortunately there are no pictures of him running because I did not attend. It was going to be a hot day and we did not want to bring Storm and Freighter out just to sit in the heat. There was a professional photographer there so hopefully he got a couple nice pictures of Thunder in the field and they are not too expensive.
Even though I didn’t attend, I do have test details, (which I hope I have right). The first series was a water triple with a tricky 70 yard water blind. Thunder did very well on the water triple. He had a bit of problem on that long water blind, but he was still in for the afternoon land series. The afternoon series was a land triple, (down a hill again!), a diversion, a 90 yard land blind, and an honor. He did fine on the triple and diversion. He needed help with the middle mark of the triple, but since he ran the morning clean, that was OK. He had a bit of trouble with that long land blind but was still OK. Just the honor left. In HRC they usually do the honor with the handler of the honor dog sitting on a bucket quacking and shooting along with the handler of the dog that is running the marks (the working dog). After last week’s mess up on the honor, Thunder worked this week on honoring his brother, Gunner. It must have helped because he was steady. A pass. His first Finished pass. He brought home a pretty red ribbon. Great job Thunder and congrats to his handler.
Thunder’s First Finished Ribbon
Storm came home from the trainer on Saturday, so as promised here is a picture of her with her ribbon.
Storm’s First Master Pass
Good job Storm and Darrin!
Later this week I will have some pictures of Storm training since we didn’t waste any time entering her in a Seasoned test next Saturday. She only needs one pass for that title and we hope to get that completed.
Storm came home from the trainer on Saturday. The first thing she did was kiss Thunder and pin Freighter. Despite that, Freighter was happy to see her because he hoped it might be someone for him to play with. Storm was having no part of it.
Hey Storm Long Time No See
You Want To Play?
Come On I Haven’t Had Any One To Play With In Days
Don’t You Remember Me?
Oh You Want To Chase?
Why Did You Stop?
Look Kid, I Just Want To Enjoy A Bit Of Relaxation
You’re No Fun
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Happy Memorial Day!
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