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July Field Training

It has been hot and not good for training. My strategy is to train early morning or early evening if temps are not too bad. A weather report with more favorable temps gives me greater flexibility.

I have been doing a lot of training alone. There are lots of advantages to training alone. See Dennis Voigt's TRAINING RETRIEVERS ALONE book and DVD to see the advantages.

We trained about 1.5 hours alone yesterday. Y drills, blinds, suction blinds, basic blind drill and more for both Buffy and Thor. And we could actually drill the concepts. Overall, a very good day.
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Dennis Voigt's TRAINING RETRIEVERS ALONE book and DVD to see the advantages.
That's certainly a good set for the amateur trainer...I need to revisit both and get refreshed.

Presently, on weekdays my dog's world largely consists of blinds ... land and water, long and short, complex and simple; despite the summer season, on weekends my training group still convenes and trains for several hours on both Saturday and Sunday (and on holidays ), which is when the dog gets its marks. As is typical for me during the off-season, I'll run about 75% singles with multiple gunners in the field and the rest of the time I'll run multiples.
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I hear you on the heat! Its super hot here, we train at 730 but today we decided we need to meet up at 6 am next week. Our heat index has been around 106 during the day.
Im back to square one with Shelly, who is 13 weeks. Nice though, running with multiple guns in a big field. She is doing pretty well, looks out at both gunners and sits in anticipation of the marks. She is running right at the bumper and coming back in. All flat throws and all about 50 yards or less. But the guns are conceptual, meaning she still has to look past the short gun and run past it. she also has to focus on the gunner throwing the bird. I was super impressed with her water marks today. She had a long swim down the middle of the pond almost to the end but the water also had a slight current pushing her towards the gunner on the bank. I was so excited to see her fight it to stay on line to the mark!
I forgot how it is going back to the puppy stage. But what is interesting is now I know what I'm looking at and what I'm looking out for with the puppy. With Proof I just did things completely uneducated. Thank goodness he knew what he was doing and it worked out! lol!

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It's been a cool rainy summer here. We are at 70 degrees today and that's the warmest so far this summer I think.

Riot is off to his breeder and the pro. I've gotten him as far as I could on my own. I'll see him in September... The plan is to fly to the pro's place and train with him for a week, then go to GRCA national specialty and run him there. I know a week of training with the pro is not enough, but it's all I can afford to take off work for.

Lucy is loving her time at the spaniel hunt tests. She won the Chukar Challenge!! She beat all the spaniels (and the other retrievers)!! The spaniel people love her deliver to hand ability and her fearlessness on running through cover. Don't tell anyone, but I don't train her for the spaniel tests at all. She's a natural. It's so much fun to watch her stalk birds. She responds so well to whistle overs and come-ins. She so good at hunting close and thoroughly. We communicate very well her and I. She doesn't miss a bird! It's really too bad we don't have pheasants up here, she would be in heaven. The birds never have a chance when she's in the field.

This summer I'll wrap up my spaniel hunt test judging apprenticeships. We have to do 2 apprenticeships. My club just has you do all 3 levels - junior, senior, master on the same day. It's nice we can do that based on how they run their tests.

In the meantime with Riot gone, we've been having a lot of fun and not having to train at all. Summer is so short in Alaska, I already catch myself looking at the hills to see if there is any fresh snow...
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Drizzle on and off today but----I can do some yard training right out my front door.
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I never really did send backs before but I started training both dogs on this on Wednesday. Buffy is picking this up faster than Thor. I think there is a lesson here. What is easy for one dog could be difficult for another dog.
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gdgli,
are you headed to national this year?


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Kristin and I trained last night at Lazy J. Just land. Set up two long marks and one short one. I ran the outside two as a double then the long single up the middle. We then did a blind tight off the back side of the short gun. Everybody did well.
I finally have Brix lead-steady so he is able to do something other than just baby marks. Before he would start struggling to go before the gunner even threw the bumper There's hope for him at Junior after all!

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worked yard OB and simple movements. Shelly sits well so I'm able to sit her and walk out toss a bumper and then walk back to her. She enjoys this challenge. She is reminding me of Proof a lot at this age. Both dogs like to be challenged instead of just repetition on yard work. Treats work a little but its all mental for them. I really enjoy this a lot as it keeps me on my toes and I like inventing games to get them to do the things I want them to do.

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gdgli,
are you headed to national this year?

Yes I am. Hope to see you there.
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