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Old 02-03-2013, 02:06 PM
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Field February 2013

The days are getting longer, is anyone training?
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:48 PM
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We are training.
It is kind of funny, here we talk alot about momentum. However, I think momentun is kicking my butt right now. OK, remember that this is my first dog.

I have been so worried about triples that I have let Winter creep out on triples. I haven't want to correct her back to heel like I should have because I didn't want to mess up her memory for the triple. I just realized in the last week how bad it has become. Creeping turns into breaking and Winter has been known to break even before this. I'm going to have to have a no tolerance policy for creep. I also need to watch for her other favorite, lifting her butt 3 inches off the ground in a ready to launch postion. This is a very scary thing to see at a test when you are on an honor.
The second thing I noticed is just yesterday is we have alot of extra steps in whistle sits. This fall we had a loop in the whistle sit which is gone for now but now I'm seeing extra steps. I think I will take this back to the yard, set a long back pile and work this out.
So we have lots of go but I need to work on controlling the go. But of coarse, without killing her momentum.

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Yes we've had a warm week that melted most of the snow, finally! Scout did a fantastic job today. Very proud of her. She's doing much better with blinds that run near parallel to fences of thick cover which tend to suck her in and our handling has gotten cleaner. We did a few walking singles across a ditch with thick cover which she nailed. I feel she can definitely run a land senior test, water is the only question. Hoping for an early spring and then to hit the water training hard. I suppose now is a good time to be on the look out for more opportunities. Hard to find water in a desert :P

One friend gave Scout nice comments today and asked her age. Hard to believe she's almost 4. I must say though, I really think she has begun to change a lot this last year. My breeder wasn't kidding when she said she comes from slower maturing lines. She's filled out, put on some pounds (without being fat--she's just more substantial) and grown some more coat (which truthfully can be more annoying as now she mats on occasion and carries more grass in it whereas before she never did). I've also seen her mentally mature and grow into herself now. She's settled down more, she's more focused and less distracted. She's also become far more food motivated! I now understand why some people like to wait until they have older dogs for more serious training.
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Picnic trial for us today. They had a three marks set up, so I ran it as a double and a big single for Bonnie. She did an awesome job! The memory bird on her double was in cover and she got in there and hunted it up. The long single was also thrown into cover and she just hammered it! A lot of dogs had trouble on that mark, so I was proud of her.

Ran little Wings on everything as singles. She had a hard time with the last long bird in the cover. She got all the way out there, got to the bird and then stopped and stared at the gunner and ran in without the bird. This is the second time this has happened with the particular gunner--something about him freaks her out! It is very weird. She delivered her other birds right to hand, and on the second mark went and showed it to the gunner before she brought it back to me. But for some reason she does not want to touch a bird this particular man throws. The only thing we can figure is that he smokes cigars and she maybe doesn't like the scent. Doesn't seem to matter if it is a long mark or a short one, she does not want to be near him!
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We skipped our last 2 sessions at Dan's due to very cold weather. This week isn't looking good, due to rain/snow mix.
But we have 3 big agility trials this coming weekend, so at least that's something.
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Good luck at agility!!
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Thanks! We are working toward his MXP (master standard preferred height) and MJP (master jumpers preferred height) titles. You need 10 passes in each class for the title. He has 7 in Jumpers and 6 in Standard right now. They are hard titles to get, since the overall pass rate is typically about 20-25% for each class.
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Wow on the agility. Sounds like it ties in well with hunt and field.
Golden sail,
I feel for you on the fur. My girl comes from very furry lines. I'm not too excited about that part. I've been known to shear a dog down in the spring when the shedding gets to be too much.

Last weekend Connie Cleveland was up for a seminar. We signed up as a working team. Connie asks ahead of time what your problem is. Mine was very simple since Lucy's only 7 months old. She hates to be crated when it's not night time. When it's bedtime, she's fine. When I need to crate her during the day, she howls, digs, cries, and carries on for hours. She's totally covered in saliva from screaming. This makes it very difficult to attend events where she needs to be crated for periods of time waiting for our turn. It's downright embarassing. So Connie came up with the 3 cent solution. Take an empty water bottle with 3 coins inside. Then hit the side of the crate everytime she starts up and tell her quiet. I spent the entire weekend at the seminar with Lucy in a crate next to me, wacking the crate when necessary. By the end of the weekend (boy is she tough), she finally was fine. I was very surprised by how many people came and spoke with me about their own dogs that kept them from attending agility or obedience events because of the crate issues. So now Lucy is very good about the crate and seems to understand that she just has to wait sometimes. So any of you all run into this issue?

This weekend we will miss again. My husband has a 60 mile snow bike race up in Talkeetna. While we are up there I will take the dogs out and throw for them or hide bumpers in the snow. We've only had 40 inches so far this year (compared to 100 inches last year at this time). But Talkeetna has been getting several feet a week. So it should be interesting throwing in the snow.

Lucy is doing really well in her novice obedience class. The trainer thinks she is ready for competition next month.
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The singles are paying off, both Winter and Cozy (training partner's dog)were stepping on marks last time out.
It was around 50 so we did a quick small water blind where they had to take a line through a corner of a pond and not cheat. It was mostly splashing water. I started Winter fairly close to the shore and then backed up a bit and ran it again. Sandy has a neoprene hunting vest that we used on both dogs. It was Winter's first time in one and she paid absolutely no attention to it. I have to say I was surprised how warm and dry she came out it.
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ah, what a weekend in agility!
2 Q's (passes) on Friday, one in Jumpers, one in Standard
1 Q on Saturday, in Jumpers
2 Q's on Sunday, one in Jumpers, one in Standard...and a new title....Master Jumper Preferred! You need 10 passes for the title, and they are pretty hard to come by!

What a weekend. What a dog!
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