Freighter has been training in the tall grass.

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Freighter Training In The Tall Grass

Freighter is a funny dog.  He has a big water entry and never seems to be concerned about launching into a pond.

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Freighter Launching Into The Pond

However, when it comes to breaking through tall grass, Freighter is a bit more hesitant.  He will often go around a large clump of grass or cover.

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Maybe Freighter Does Not Like Grass In His Eyes?

This can be an issue when Freighter is running both marks and blinds.  When he is retrieving multiple marks that are close together, if he veers off line to avoid clumps of tall grass, that can put him too close to the scent of an old fall.  Once that happens, it can make him forget where he was originally headed and going to an old fall at a test is a fail.

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Freighter Has His Eyes Closed Again As He Is Doing A Blind Retrieve

When Freighter is doing a blind retrieve, we want him to carry a nice long straight line.  Avoiding clumps of tall grass shortens those lines and takes him off track.  Hubby then has to stop him and put him back on line.

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Freighter Headed To A Water Retrieve

Rather than allowing Freighter to avoid the thing that he does not like, hubby has been making set-ups that require Freighter to run through tall grass.  With enough practice hopefully Freighter will feel comfortable enough not to avoid it.

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Freighter Returning With A Bumper

Freighter is getting more comfortable, but at times he still tries to avoid the tall grass.  Of course this means that he will be doing more training in it.

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Freighter With A Nice Water Retrieve

What do your dogs avoid?

3 thoughts on “Freighter Training In The Tall Grass

  1. He does seem to close his eyes a lot when running through there. Maybe he needs some of those “doggles” when in the high grass? 🙂

  2. Well we aren’t running blinds or anything 😉 but my dogs avoid the sewer grates. Both of them do, but Delilah especially.

    I hope Freighter can get past those clumps.

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