Today we went to Dan's, and it was Tito's best training session EVER.
We started with some casting/lining drills, new ones but same basic skill sets, and he hit 100% right!!! Yay Tito!!! Great attitude, a real team player.
So we didn't belabor the issue, and moved out to a new field for some blinds. Today's goal was to get him to run some nice straight lines thru very heavy cover. The blinds were set up 80, 100, and 150 yards out. The field is relatively flat, a few bushes but not many, but the cover is up to his shoulders. When he sits in this field, we can just see his head, so I had to give BIG casts to be sure he saw me.
He did a GREAT job. Not a single cast refusal. The first one he *almost* lined, got a little way off about 10 yards from the bird, took the sit and a nice literal cast, came up with it right away. The second one, he pretty much lined, again got off just a little toward the end and took a nice cast. The third one he got off the line several times because there was a 30+ mph crosswind which was pushing him, but he took every sit whistle and every cast with total cooperation. To say we were pleased with him would be an understatement. He ran nice straight lines even tho the cover was quite heavy, and was a real team player today. Yay Tito! There's hope for him yet
We went on and did some upland hunting next. Dan planted a runner, and unfortunately, run she did. Tito wasn't able to find the bird, so Dan planted a chuckar instead and Tito did flush this one.
Now here comes the part where Barb has a heart attack...Dan shot the bird, but it didn't die. Instead it flew off, and Tito turned on the afterburners and took off after the bird. That would be fine, except he was heading full speed ahead toward a very steep, very deep rocky ravine (about 25 feet deep). I blew the sit whistle with all I had in me...and HE SAT ! ! ! ! HE SAT ! ! ! !
I was afraid he wouldn't even realize the ravine was there, because we were in some pretty heavy cover, and would literally launch himself to his death. It was a very tense moment for me.
We walked up to him, praised him for sitting, and then Dan let him pick his way carefully down the ravine and back up the other side to get the bird. When Tito got to the bird it took off again, Dan got the shot this time, and Tito got the bird. I so wish I had a video of him coming back down and then back up this very steep ravine, thru the rocky creek, bird in mouth. What a moment.
So all the training has paid off....Tito is now a true hunting dog. He's steady to flush, and will stop when told to and await further directions. This is a huge thing for this strong prey drive, independent dog.
I couldn't be more pleased today.
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 AN UJJ URO1 UHIT a.k.a. "Tito" (the Tito Monster)
waiting at the bridge:
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"
and my heart dog
Gibson's Golden Guy, CD, CGC, TDI ( 01-31-1998 - 01-02-2012) a.k.a. "Toby", "HRH"