Its Friday again and time to join Jodi at Heart Like A Dog and co-host I Still Want More Puppies for Follow-up Friday. It’s the blog hop that: let’s you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.
Today I will try to answer questions from the past week.
murphydogs asked: Does their [Chessie] coat sunburn and bleach out as with Chocolate Labs?
I have seen some really bleached Chocolate Labs, especially if they have spent a lot of time in the field. I have not noticed that our dogs’ coats bleach that much. The only time I have noticed a real change in color is when they are blowing coat and then it is a lighter color just before it sheds. I guess our dogs would say that they need more time in the field.
Jodi asked: I’m assuming they are thicker during winter because the water is colder and the fur provides better protection?
Yes. Our dogs usually start getting a winter coat in time for Fall hunting season.
BunkThePug asked: Do you think Chesapeake Bay Retrievers would work well for someone who lives in an apartment in downtown Nashville? We seem to see them more in open spaces, and we’re wondering for this friend. She runs and will probably take the dog running and such!
They are very high energy dogs and need a lot of exercise just about every day. Here is a great article from the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue site which may answer their questions. I urge them to read and consider it:
firstname.lastname@example.org asked: Ok, so I have a weird question…don’t be laughing at my total ignorance here but after they are totally perfect in all their training what is your ultimate goal from the training? I’m not sure if I’m really asking my question right but for example will you offer hunting trips or something for people without super trained dogs or is it just for your own enjoyment, etc. – does that make sense? Like just purely for fun or shows, a hunting business?
Not a weird question at all. My own family members ask it often. I doubt our dogs will ever be “perfect”, but our ultimate goal is to run Master Hunter level tests with our dogs. Getting a dog ready to run a test at that level takes a lot of training. Thunder and Storm are both able to run Master level tests. Whether they will pass is a whole other story.
Beyond that, it is a hobby. Every hunt test is a completely different challenge for the dog and handler. Ultimately we would like the dogs to earn Master Hunter titles, but Thunder and Storm have a way to go for that. Should they title, many dogs continue to run tests just for fun and for the challenge. Of course the training benefits both the dog and handler for hunting season too since our dogs are first and foremost hunting dogs.
Many of you asked if Storm missed her puppies.
After she looked around and didn’t find them and tried unsuccessfully to make the cat into a puppy, she pretty much moved on. She doesn’t seem to be dwelling on them. I even think that once she realized her puppy duty was finished, her milk started drying up all the faster.
Marcie asked: Is there a spot on site to wash your dog off after done with the tests?
No. If we need to rinse the dogs, we find a clean pond and swim them. Also, our dog trailer has a water tank and we can use it to rinse the dogs off as necessary. Usually we only rinse them if it is a mucky pond. The ponds at the grounds where last weekend’s test was held are all very clean.
FleaByte asked: Off topic – that fake goose – is it life size or bigger than life? Because oh my dog! It’s huge! I’m hoping my little Ryan doesn’t get THAT big!
Never fear. That is a larger than life-size goose decoy.
We did not end up getting Freighter yesterday because we were going to pick him up after training but training was cancelled due to rain. We will pick him up tomorrow.
Have a great holiday weekend!
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