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It was great to read how many of you that you train some form of steady and honor, even if it isn’t for field work.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes, (who does train for the field), commented:
I would say we train for honoring a lot but that also goes along with steadiness, if you are honoring you have to be steady.
Good point. One definitely goes with the other. I have noticed that our two older dogs are a bit different when it comes to being steady and honoring.
Storm has a difficult time with steady. She has broken off the line more than once unfortunately. At a test, the call of a duck in the field can just be too much for her, so we work on her steadiness all of the time. But, if she doesn’t break and makes it far enough in the test to have to honor, then she usually doesn’t move.
Thunder on the other hand is usually very steady at the line, even if it is a walk-up. A walk-up is where the handler and dog are walking up to the line when the marks are thrown. The dog cannot be told to “sit” until the first bird is in the air. Then the handler cannot speak to his dog again until all the marks are down. As you can imagine, with a dog already in motion and multiple marks being thrown, it can be tough for the dog to just sit and wait.
If Thunder has issues, it is usually with the honor. He understands that if he sits still at the line for marks he will get birds. But for honor, no matter how nicely he sits there, another dog is getting the ducks. Sometimes it is too much for him.
Steady and Honor are good commands to teach any dog. I am trying to get my Aussie mix Pierson to stay and honor my Labrador Maya when she fetches. Otherwise, he beats her to the toy and she doesn’t want to play anymore.
This is a great way to work on the concept.
Anyone who has ever had a puppy probably understands the fun of the adolescent dog. With Chessies they get to a point when they try to claim their place in the pack. All of mine went through it. They know where they stand with the other dogs, but they also try to figure out their place with the humans. They know they can’t pull one over on my husband, but they do try with me. Oh the mischief that ensues. I would say Thunder was the worst brat as a teenager, but when he turned 18 months old, he snapped out if it. Here’s hoping Freighter follows suit.
We won’t know whether the breeding with Storm was a success for a few weeks when she has an ultrasound. Despite best efforts, I guess the breeding did not go as well as hoped. Sometimes it is just the way it goes…
We hope to get some training in when we drop Freighter off at the trainer’s tomorrow. Of course it depends on the weather which has been most uncooperative this winter.
Thanks again to Heart Like A Dog for allowing me to co-host.
Have a nice weekend!