This week seemed to fly by. Between interesting training encounters and unexpected auto repairs, the weekend snuck up on me. I have not even shared any pictures of Thunder and Storm from last weekend’s training. It was such a beautiful day, but it was bright and sunny which made pictures earlier in the day kind of tough. Once the sun moved, I was able to get some nice pictures.
We ran water blinds and a nice water triple which I will share another day. We also ran a long, and rather challenging, single mark. I am not going to even try to diagram it. The bumper landed on the land on the far side of the pond. It required a slight angle entry into the pond, then the dog had to swim the pond, exit and jump in the smaller pond, swim that, exit and then pick up the bumper. The difficult part was getting the dogs to carry the line which took them through the small pond. Many dogs had to be handled when they saw the smaller pond because their inclination was to cheat around the edge of that smaller pond. We want them to carry the line through the small pond. So they were handled into the small pond.
Thunder was up first.
In the next picture, the arrow shows the mark. You can see that Thunder is taking the correct line to the mark. You cannot see the smaller pond, but it is in between the large pond and the mark.
He was still OK even once he exited the large pond, but he wanted to cheat around to the right so as to avoid the small pond. He was handled into that pond and that sort of confused him. He lost the mark so he was handled to it. That is OK. It was a technical mark and he got pretty far so we were happy with his work.
Storm started to get a bit confused when she hit the point of the island on her way over so she was handled from there. Long swims are not a favorite for Storm. However since we are teaching, handling her was OK. Once she got through the small pond, she had no trouble grabbing the bumper.
We are supposed to have another hot weekend. We have plans to train this weekend. Hopefully the weather won’t cut it short.
And Storm came into season. Hunt tests are over for her this year. Phooey!
Have a nice weekend.