Saturday was another hot day. It seems like I say that after every Saturday training this year. The group was a bit smaller than the previous group training. Of course now that three of our dogs are training, I guess we could be the group. The way group training works, the trainer sets up a scenario and each dog runs the parts that are appropriate for its level. Sometimes you will move up the starting line for the dog, but usually it just means that the dog may run the series as singles, or a double, rather than a triple. By the time we get there the trainer has already worked the dogs that he has in for training. In fact on Saturday he said he ran his first dog at 5:30 am! Depending on what he sets up, and how hard those dogs have already worked, he will run them on the marks or blinds while we are there. We were able to watch Freighter run some marks.
The first series was a water triple. The marks were thrown as numbered 1-2-3. #1 was in open water. #2 was behind a little ridge of land. #3 came from behind the dog as a sort of breaking mark. Thunder and Storm picked them up in reverse order 3-2-1. Freighter ran mark #1 as a single.
Thunder and Storm ran the triple and both ran it clean. We were really happy with how they did on this series.
The next series was a combination land-water triple.
All of the marks came from the right side. The marks were thrown 1-2-3. Thunder and Storm picked them up 3-2-1. To get to mark #1 the dogs had to go down a little bank and swim a bit and go up the bank on the other side. That made this mark hard because sometimes the dogs loose sight of the mark with hills and swimming involved. Also, there was a hill toward the back of the field that kind of messed with their minds. The #2 mark wiped out #1 since they were basically in line with one another. Sometimes when marks are thrown in a line, once the dog picks up the close bumper, he or she figures that is all there is and has trouble remembering the long one.
Thunder and Storm did pretty well on this one. They both hunted around the hill on mark #1 but Thunder was able to hunt over and find the mark. Storm’s mark landed behind a tree and she just couldn’t come up with it so she was handled to it. Little by little we can see improvement in their triples. It was not that long ago that marks thrown from the center out (series 1) or in a line (series 2) would have blown their minds. They still need more work on these, but at least they have a shot at picking them up clean.
Freighter ran this series as three single marks from the same line as Thunder and Storm. He ran #1 first. He got out to it with a little help which consisted of throwing and extra bumper or two to get him to the mark. We were pretty happy that he got to the other side of the water without help. He still needs work on picking up the bumper quickly and bringing it all of the way back from that distance.
Freighter did a really good job on the other two marks.
We also saw Freighter’s sis Sunny. She at least acknowledged her people. She is coming along very nicely. Both Sunny and Freighter seem happy and content.
Thunder and Storm ran one more series but I will have to save that for another post as this post turned out quite long. We also trained on Sunday and I will have those pictures later this week.