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Originally Posted by hotel4dogs View Post
With the upcoming bad weather, and the fact that I never find time to train this poor dog, I've decided to just throw in the towel on hunt test skills until the spring. Between the cold, snow, agility trials and holidays it's just not realistic to try to accomplish anything until March or later.
So instead we will play at real hunting. I've got the opportunity to go pheasant hunting this coming week, and hopefully a few more times in November.
The guy I am going with this week is going to do all the shooting, and I will just handle Tito. I am SO excited about it! Tito will get to track, flush, and retrieve. My friend is even leaving his awesome lab at home so that Tito will get all the birds this time.
I took the monster boy out this morning and reinforced the command, "bird out there, hunt 'em up" by hiding a bird in the field, then taking him out and having him hunt it up. Did it several times. No control, no pressure, just use your nose and go find the bird. (It was a previously dispatched duck, not a live bird). I felt I should do this since he's not used to that type of freedom. He thought it was awesome, and found each bird very quickly.
There's something breathtaking about watching a golden retriever bounding happily through the tall weeds in search of a bird.
Looking forward to our hunt this week!!
Will we get photos of Tito and his nimrod master in hunting attire?
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Winter and I are very jealous!

I can't wait to hear this chapter of The Adventures of Tito.

I have a friend who pheasent hunts over her Goldens. She says she is not a good shot and her boy Edge always tries to ditch her for a better hunter.
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gdgli, maybe photos of Tito, anyway! He's all set, he has a blaze orange chest protector, and a cow bell. The handsome lad is ready to go. Weather forecast for Wednesday is cold but clear, so it should be perfect.
Already he knows that the best words in the whole world are, "bird out there! hunt 'em up!" It took him no time at all to learn that those words mean you are free to go do what you were bred to do for generations in the past, with no interference from me.

CH Rosewood Little Giant VCD3 UDX VER RA TDX MHU SH MXP MJP MFP T2BP DJ VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG (born 3-10-2007), also UCH HR UH UUD NN UJJ URO1 UHIT a.k.a. "Tito" (the Tito Monster)

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My first dog, and my most special girl
Gibson's Golden Girl, CD, CGC, TDI ( 3-20-1997 - 11-22-2013) a.k.a. "Tiny", "Queen B"
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Gibson's Golden Guy, CD, CGC, TDI ( 01-31-1998 - 01-02-2012) a.k.a. "Toby", "HRH"
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