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Weíve been running drills in the street and in the yard. I move the equipment out of the way and away we go. The snow isnít too deep but enough to protect paws from the gravel and pavement. Iíve been setting out jumps and doing blind work at an angle to the jumps. Lucy is better at this than Riot. Riot is a huge cheater. His first instinct is to go around. But I need him to go straight over if we ever get to Open obedience. Plus he needs to go over any obstacle. Did some wagonwheel and lining/casting drills to piles of bumpers in the road. The street lights are on so that helps. Sunrise is 9:30 and sunset 4:15. Weíre rapidly loosing sunlight right now.

Saturdays are back to field classes with the local hunt test pro. I know the distances arenít as far as field trials, but it gets us out in an environment that is much closer to a trial/test. Holding blinds, etc. Ran a nice triple and 3 blinds yesterday. Riot kind of freaks out with the marks in your face for hunt tests. As for the blinds he wants to line them, so I have to stop him part way and cast him just to make him remember that Iím still there. Heís so **** fast! He looks at the distraction birds but always comes back without deviating. Such a good boy.


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I was told to always stop Maisey 10 ft from the blind, to never let her line a blind.
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just training the same old way over here. Trying to get better at blinds. Proof is a big liner so I was not allowed to let him line blinds unless there was some concept that he needed to go by. In this case, if he is doing it right i don't want to stop him. I always make a joke that if I could just get him to line the blinds at the field trials then we'd be okay, ha ha! He's a lot more spastic at the trials than at training though.

Working lots of short and long retired guns as well. Trying to get in as much big water work as possible before it gets cold. And the hours are whittling away so just trying to get a lot in while I can....

Shelly is off with the foundation trainer right now. I just don't have the time to get all her basics in while trying to train proof with this big dog stuff and trying to learn to get better as a handler. She will have a better foundation than Proof as well. Ironically she is with four other littermate right now and a fifth one trains here as well. They are all so cute and fun. I miss my shelly belly girl!

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Im being very nosy What is Shelly's breeding? Golden or Black dog?
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Im being very nosy What is Shelly's breeding? Golden or Black dog?
Lee its a black lab by Clooney and out of Chrome. Chrome has a lot of special meaning to me so I was thrilled to get a pup out of her. the Jones were giggling...telling me they were bringing me over to the dark side. While I love Shelly, love her! I am still on the mission for another great golden. I think I'd like to have one of each all the time. They balance each other surprisingly well. I actually don't like my goldens ganging up on me, ha ha! Just kidding. But yes, I'd like another well bred golden in the future. But way down in the future another lab. I might flip flop with genders who knows! I just love them both for different reasons, if they were one dog it would be the perfect dog!

And another great training day. Proof did nicely on his short retired land set up and then on his hard long water retired he did just good enough. I felt he got out a little early but not too early that he needed to be stopped. Too ambiguous but that's okay he'll be looser next time :p After that I left so I could drive and pick up my son from college for Thanksgiving break! Happy Thanksgiving y'all!

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Thats a great breeding good luck I really like Clooney! For some reason I thought you had another Golden by Hawk and a Jake/Lucy bitch. (Andy's dog)
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I was told to always stop Maisey 10 ft from the blind, to never let her line a blind.
Maybe for a dog who wants to seriously drive the bus but NO WAY what could be better than let them line a blind???????
Talk about confidence booster.
I put out a big stupid stake and run big stupid long blinds and let em rip until they see the stake and get dogs who LOVE to run REALLY GOOD blinds (well, most of the time LOL)
And then if I show up in training and they've set out a pile of orange bumpers with no markers I bitch and moan with the best of them. HATE boxing around the end of a blind...

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Yes, Maisey is a dog that wants to, and sometimes is, driving the bus. I’m sure it’s possible, but I can’t ever see Maisey ever losing confidence.

I’m coming from training my first dog that I never want to stop, so of course I know what you’re saying.
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Blinds are about control. There is always a beginning, middle and end to a blind. How many times have you said or heard someone say " Dog ran a good blind 3/4th the way there or almost to the end" I personally don't see anything wrong with blowing the whistle 10 ft or so from the blind to gain the extra control in training. The further the dog is away from you the less control you have of the dog. In a trial or test when your dog is jacked up and they dont have a collar on you wont have that control, you might as well install the control issue in training when you can. Just my opinion.
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Winter training in Alaska is always beautiful. You might not like the temperature, but its still beautiful everywhere you look. The days are super short and the sun is so low in the sky. In this photo is where we train a lot in the winter. The brushy/weedy spots give us opportunity to make corrections if a dog decides to go around brush or reeds or uses a trail instead of going directly to the blind or mark. You can see by the aerial photo that there are lots of clumps of different vegetation. Along with muskrat and beaver homes. The wind blows here pretty well, so the snow is usually no more than 12Ē deep. Itís huge and you can walk and walk or ride fat bikes to find that right spot to train.
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