No real mischief this week (other than the mischief my new camera is playing on me). The brown dawgs got out to do some group training on Saturday. It was cold with times of clouds and a bit of fog. Despite the weather, a lot of people showed up to train. I guess they were as anxious as we were to get back in the swing of training.
Storm did not seem to miss a beat. She handled the two long singles and a double easily. She still needs to work on being steady because she was a bit twitchy at the line and I think she may have actually left a beat or two before she was released on one mark.
We thought that we might only train Storm, but we decided that since there was no snow we would run Thunder and Freighter too.
Thunder did really well despite being on layoff for so long. He ran the two long singles just fine, but came up limping after the double. We may have to think long and hard about retiring him. He is fine around the house and has been running while playing with no limp. He just seems to have the issue while training or running tests.
We also had Thunder and Storm practice honoring the work of another dog. Honoring is required at the higher level tests. The dogs must sit and watch while the marks for another dog are thrown. We practice this every chance we get.
We also decided to run Freighter on some marks too. He was a bit rusty on the first single. It was long (100 yards or so) and thrown to the corner of the field. He put on a hunt and didn’t come up with it so he needed help. The second single he marked quite well. Maybe he was paying more attention? He was also steady for the singles which was nice to see.
The double was a bit more of a challenge for Freighter. He has been doing doubles for us, but generally we don’t have two people in the field throwing the marks. Usually we have a winger in addition to a hand thrown mark. He was a bit preoccupied by the throwers, but with more practice at this, he will get it. So much of training is about exposing the dogs to different scenarios so they can learn.
All of these pictures were taken with my new camera. I need to work on getting the lighting setting right for clouds. Also I need to figure out the focus for fast moving dogs. The camera is plenty fast enough, but the focusing is different from my point and shoot, especially if I use the zoom. I may need to concentrate on getting closer shots until I get the hang of it. The only post processing I did to some of these pictures was to crop them. That is a big improvement over my old camera.
A dvd tutorial came along with the camera. I figure if I watch it 50 or 100 times, it will sink in.
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