Went to the marsh yesterday and trained marks and blinds. For the blind we had a pile of frozen ducks and bumpers. Marks were all bumpers. Riot lined every blind, those ducks must have gotten his attention. But when I turned and ran him for his marks after the blinds, he had no problem picking up bumpers. In the past I had a problem turning him from a mark to a blind and vice versa. He liked to pick for himself what he wanted to pick up. So Yesterday it didn't matter what I sent him for, he did not switch or decide he wanted something different. He of course brought all the ducks back first on the blinds, but after the ducks were all gone, he still picked up the bumpers without a problem at the blind pile. He's growing up! Still not a cheater either. He's getting good at running from either side. But he's such a super fast dog that I can't get him to sit long enough on a blind to get much more than, "Dead" out and then he's gone! So I hung onto his collar yesterday to make sure he heard Dead Bird Back, before he left. With Riot, do not send him without your whistle in your mouth. He is so fast you will have no chance of stopping him in time if you have to reach for your whistle. He's such a joyful playful dog! And he gets along great with all other dogs and people. Lucy is bugging me to go training. Sometimes I do little handling with her in the yard picking up items around the house. She loves the interaction for a minute, and then she doesn't. And then we remember why she doesn't go to field training anymore. Next summer we'll finish her spaniel title. She doesn't need me to be there for that spaniel title, anyone could handle her, it's all dog and the human really isn't that important. I may have a friend run her instead.
~ Stacey with Hunter, Lucy and Riot, missing Reilly, Tiger and Pennie