Sometimes you have to slow down and smell the flowers.  Of course the brown dawgs rarely slow down to smell anything other than ducks when they are sent to retrieve.

Last weekend we headed out to do some training.  It was cold, (break-out-the-winter-coat cold) and windy.  The dandelions and other weeds were in full swing but the dogs did not notice.  They were having a blast retrieving in the ankle deep grass.

First up was Freighter.  Our second set-up was a walk-up double with a blind.  We tried to set-up a triple with 2 of the marks falling in line, but the battery on one of the wingers died, so a double it was because I needed to launch the one winger manually.

chesapeake bay retriever

chesapeake bay retriever

chesapeake bay retriever

Next up was Storm.  She ran our set-up as back to back singles.  No walk-up or blind.  Storm was really hauling.  No time to stop for anything.

chesapeake bay retriever

chesapeake bay retriever

chesapeake bay retriever

Last but not least was 11 year old Thunder.  He ran this the same way Storm did, as back to back single retrieves.  He loved being out in the field and his marking was quite good.

chesapeake bay retriever

chesapeake bay retriever

chesapeake bay retriever

This was the second set-up we ran that day.  The first was a triple with a double blind which our senior dogs Thunder and Storm ran as 3 back to back singles.  I will have more about that set-up in another post.  We did not end up putting the dogs in the water because it was so cold and windy and we were heading to the cabin after training.  Freighter’s test at the end of the month should be fun with so little water work.

6 thoughts on “Slow Down And Smell The Flowers

  1. it#s great to watch them at work :o) and I’m sure Freighter will be perfect in his test… we will cross our paws and Phenny will cheer for him ;o)

  2. They may not stop to smell the flowers, but they do make for a pretty backdrop for the photos. Apparently that cold weather wasn’t bothering the dogs much, or that’s why they kept moving, so they didn’t get cold! 🙂

  3. We love the pictures of your dogs doing their thing. They look like they completely love what they’re doing. That’s the thing isn’t it? Keeping our dogs happy and healthy. It’s been winter cold here too. We’re not complaining though as this is south and the hot muggy days of summer will be here soon enough.

  4. They say tracking dogs should slow down so they don’t miss turns and articles, but so far my sisters have proven that theory wrong. They are lighting fast and constant! Enjoy your training and watch out for the ticks. They are seriously bad this year.

  5. No tiptoeing through the tulips, it looks like they loved a romp through the flowers!

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