Yesterday we planned to do some water training, but the weather did not cooperate. Temperatures were in the 40′s and the wind chill, (you read correctly wind chill in May), was in the 20′s. It was so cold and windy that we broke out our winter coats, hats and gloves and decided to do some land blinds and land marks instead.
You can see how hard the wind was blowing from the orange tape on the blind stake.
The wind made blinds a challenge for Thunder. Whistles were not as easy to hear and there are lots of smells to pull a dog off line.
Despite the cold and wind, Thunder did a good job taking a nice long initial line and most of the casts. These were long blinds meant to stretch his distance.
Any whistle refusals he had were near the end of the blind where he ignored a couple of sit whistles. Since it was so windy, once he got near the bumper it was easy to smell where it was and the wind made it hard to know if could actually hear the whistle. Reinforcing that sit whistle is something to work on.
Overall, we were happy with his work, but not happy with our return to winter. One of these days, maybe warm weather will be here to stay!
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