Last Saturday was a beautiful day in Michigan. We finally had cooler temperatures and less humidity, so it was just about perfect. It was a great day to train and to visit with Freighter.
When we pulled up, the trainer was working with a Chessie. Who is that dog? Could it be? He has to be told to sit for marks. Yep that dog is Freighter. He sure has matured in a couple of weeks.
Unlike our last visit, Freighter actually seemed happy to see us. He even licked me. I am not one to encourage a dog to lick on me, but since I missed the pup, I was OK with a lick or two. I guess maybe the excitement lead to his being a bit uncooperative with the show dog stuff. Hopefully we redeemed ourselves because my husband got to run him on a couple of water marks.
But first Freighter had to watch a younger puppy run the marks. Better hang on tight to that collar! He was so impatient he barked at the bumper in the water. It was as if he was saying: “Let me. I can get it.” Of course it could have been: “Get out of my way! That is my bumper!”
His water work is coming along very nicely. He goes straight out to the bumper and comes straight back. He still needs to be reminded to hold the bumper as he exits the water. That will come with training.
He sure loves the water…
His land still needs work. He goes straight to the mark, but won’t always pick it up quickly. Again that will come with training. We are very pleased with his progress so far. Darrin is doing a great job with him. He is a male Chessie and I am sure he can be a stinker at times.
We are trying to figure out our hunt test schedule for late summer and early fall. We are not sure whether Freighter will run a test this season. There are certain skills we would like him to have before we test him. Working with our first two dogs has taught us a thing or two and one of them is how easy it is for the dog to pick up a bad habit at a test, like poor line manners, bank running, or dropping birds. You then have to spend time training that bad habit away, or the bad habit may never really go away and can show up again at higher levels. With Freighter we would like to avoid those frustrations.
Later this week, some of Thunder and Storm’s work.