Last Saturday we had another hot day for training. Despite the warm temperatures a lot of people showed up to train. There were dogs at every level, from untrained dogs to dogs running the Master level. We were surprised to see some other Chessie owners that we know from our Chessie Club. There was only one gunner so Darrin set up a couple long water singles.
The first single was quite a challenge. The dogs had to cross a small strip of water and then cross some land and then swim a larger pond to the mark.
Thunder had a bit of trouble with this one. He has not had that much experience running these kinds of set ups. At first he wanted to cheat the bank and run to the large pond and start there. He was recalled and resent and he did what most inexperienced dogs do, he kind of squared up to the water. He got out to the mark, but with all of the messing around at the beginning he lost sight of the bumper and had to be handled at the end. The white line is the desired path. The next diagram shows Thunder’s path in orange.
Storm also had trouble with this and she had trouble the entire day. She was in no mood to do long swims. Maybe it was the heat? This mark should have been easy for her because she has had a lot more of these than Thunder has. But Storm was being Storm. A mark like this is too difficult for the younger dogs that were training that day. They ran this mark from the edge of the large pond and did not add in the extra strip of water.
My pictures are not the best. Truth be told, I was sticking to the shade and it was a bright sunny day so some of the pictures have too much shadow and others are too light. Then my batteries died so I had to go back to the car for fresh ones so I missed some pictures. Oh well.
The next single was about 120 yards with a long swim.
Again this was a challenge for Thunder because he doesn’t have a lot of opportunity to get these super long swims. At one point he got to where there is an opening to the other part of the pond and he winded some ducks. His nose went up and he seemed to be thinking duck? bumper? duck? bumper? He went for the bumper but when he got out of the pond, he over ran the bumper and had to be handled back to it.
As I said, Storm was in no mood for a long swim, but eventually she got the bumper.
No group training this weekend, but we hope to get out on our own and train.
Have a nice weekend!