Join Date: May 2011
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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How's everyone doing on their winter training?
We finally got some new snow yesterday! It's so nice to have fresh powder. Dogs are so much happier and the trails are now a lot less icier.
Riot and I continue to work on blinds over the top of a previous area of a mark. Or a blind between 2 previous marks. Or a blind back siding a mark. I have also occasionally have a mark thrown, then sent him on a blind, then go back and pick up the mark. He's got an excellent memory. My friends like running triples all the time (hunt test distances). I'm trying to not get so hung up on triples all the time, and instead running the set up as singles. Not to annoy anyone, but I want to make sure I'm getting good work on marking. Riot is so fast! I have to keep that darn whistle in my mouth all the time. He has an excellent whistle sit.
Then last weekend, someone new I was training with, suggested that I have a quieter whistle for up close work, then gradually get louder with my whistle as the dog gets farther away. The guy that told me this only runs field trials. Boy his comment really made my head spin. That's a whole new element of blowing a whistle that I hadn't planned on adding to my repertoire. Heck I'm just happy I can finally blow loud enough for my dog to hear me. Plus the whole frozen whistle in the winter thing is frustrating. After talking it over with another forum member, he said, blow the dang whistle and don't worry about what that other guy said. So that's what I'm doing. Anyone else hear something crazy like that?
Connie Cleveland will be here this weekend for an obedience seminar. Riot and I are one of the working teams. I wonder if she'll see any resemblance between Riot and her Eli (Riot's great grand-sire)?
Last week I bought a bunch of chukars for summer training. Riot will be sitting on the flush by the middle of summer. I won't have another dog that chases flushed birds.
~ Stacey with Lucy and Riot, missing Hunter, Reilly, Tiger and Pennie
Wiseman Wildfire Grayling Fish On CD RA JH SHU WC "Lucy"
Thistle Rock Kicking Up a Fuss CD RA WCX ** "Riot"