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had a great time in FL with Anney! training and margaritas, baby!!! Two things that Proof has gotten sloppy on, holding angles on slopes and against the water currents. Worked on that. Worked on water, big swim and cheating and a drip line mark all of which ended up being in the derby. Ran the derby on Friday. Such a weird, uneasy derby for me. The whole day was just weird. First series was unbelievably odd. We ran second and that was terrible, that was the earliest we've ever run and it was tough for me. I'm used to watching a few dogs run first. I just didn't know what to expect. IN the first, Proof didn't mark the flyer! The flyer! He had two big dog trucks passing behind the flyer just as it went off. His head was looking everywhere for the bird. He took off for the memory bird instead of the flyer go bird, so my fears were confirmed. I dreaded him coming back in knowing he didn't mark it. But he came in, he looked at the flyer station and perked his ears and I told him good. I don't know how, but by the grace of God, I lined him perfectly and he literally stepped on the flyer as he took a line out. The judges said, Boom! In my head I was thinknig OMG did that just happen? And then after that it went down hill in the first. Four dogs got picked up. It was like they just ran straight to the memory bird gunners and just turned and hunted for-EVER behind the gun and four just gave up and went to the flyer. It was nuts, I don't know what it was about this set up but it was unnerving to see so many dogs do so poorly on the memory bird. Anney joked sometimes its better to be lucky then good so I think Proof was lucky that he went to his memory bird first! Second series he nailed the go bird but I don't know if I lined him wrong of he was just committed but he GUT hunted behind the gun on the memory bird. I mean it was the worst hunt he's ever had at a trial. I don't know how in the heck he was called back but I guess it was because he nailed his birds in the first and so many dogs gut hunted their birds in that series. Third series was all about cheating the water. Proof did good on the go bird which was a few feet of water they had to cut but cheated the water on the second pond. Yet they called him back, but I think there were only three or four dogs that didn't cheat one of those birds. Then the fourth series I about died. It was nearly in line guns throwing a flower pot. The long bird requird the dog not to cheat the water and get out on a penisula that held the short gunner then swim across the pond to the mark. Proof HATEs to get out behind the gun, it really messes with him, so I wasn't sure what he'd do. He took the corner of the water and did get out and went on to swim to his mark. It was the only series I walked away feeling good, he did awesome.
He ended up with a JAM but I was so lucky. We hung on for dear life on this derby and glad to finish it. Ugh, some derbies are fun and some are stressful, this was one of the yuckiest ones I've ever run. But I learned a few things and that is always important. Also, learned that Proof will do what is necessary at a trial when it comes to getting out behind the gun. He could have easily ran around that cheaty corner and then gotten in the water and by pass that gun all together but he didn't. And I had a blast with my friend I don't get to see often.
Anyway, this week I have a few things to work on. Still need to work on those lines on slopes and in water. I still just love my Proofers so much and have so much fun training him.