First an update on Freighter. He and his sis Sunny had a good first week of Force Fetch. They also got out to do some water retrieves. The trainer was actually able to get Freighter out of the water, which regular readers might remember is one of Freighter’s issues. Freighter’s trainer also reported that both Freighter and Sunny are nice and quiet on the truck, which is good. In fact they were both on his truck when we were there on Saturday and we didn’t hear a peep out of them. We did not visit with Freighter because the first few weeks of Force-Fetch it is better that he focus on the trainer and not worry about us being there. We did get to see both Freighter and Sunny when the trainer took them off the truck to go potty. Freighter looked happy enough. Unfortunately I was not ready with the camera, but I was when Sunny came off the truck.
Hopefully they have a good week 2.
Next our pal Jodi Stone asked about the mechanics of a double mark which I tried to describe on my last post about training. Whether it is a single, double, triple, or quad mark, it works basically the same way. The dog sits at heel and watches the gunner either throw or launch the bumper or the duck. If it is a single, only one is thrown at a time and the dog goes out and retrieves it. If it is a multiple mark (double, triple, quad), the dog watches all marks fall and then goes out and retrieves each one (in any order). When you get into multiple marks, the dog’s memory must come into play and it becomes more difficult.
Here is a video from YouTube of a Master series which is pretty typical. It starts with three marks, (a walk up triple) and then there are 2 blinds. The rules have been changed so that the handler is supposed to aim at all three marks which I do not see him doing here, but the video is decent to give you an idea of what it looks like. The dog retrieves the three marks first and then runs the blinds.
If the video doesn’t play, try here.
Third, here is the latest picture of the Thunder and Red puppies. I understand mama and babies are doing well. Thanks to Red’s people for this picture.
Finally, this is a short week for me with the holiday and all, but I do have some posts scheduled. Tomorrow my Independence Day wish and a bit of fun video, Thursday some long overdue Thank You’s, and Friday training pictures from last Saturday’s training.