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Winter Field Training

That time of the year that makes training hard, except for those lucky people in the south.

Working on drills mainly during the week. Sunup is about 11 am, sundown 3:30 pm. Training only at lunchtime during the week. Weekends are training group days. Riot has been running mainly master hunt test marks. I move the line back so he can run the same marks to make them longer. Also working on getting ready for our next obedience trial in March.

Planning ahead for master hunt tests, qualifying field trials for Riot. More spaniel tests for Lucy. Maybe I'll run Riot on the last spaniel hunt tests of the season, which are after the retriever season is over. I think he would love to find little birds in the brush.

What all does everyone do on these short cold days? (Or not so cold depending on where you are.)


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Winter schedule:
-Feed and air on weekdays.
-Train or hunt, feed and air on weekends.
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it got unusually cold here so water work is out right now. Doing lots of bigger dog concepts along with maintenance work. Mainly keeping proof tight and exposing him more and more to uncomfortable set ups like going tight behind the gun as singles and so on. Proof is getting consistent with his training which relaxes me. This has really allowed me to focus more on my own handling. I have a hard time relaxing when I'm nervous about whether he will struggle on something out in the field and how I will correct him for mistakes. Now I feel like I know what to expect with him and what to do if he has a problem with the set up. After two years of this stuff things feel like they are finally starting to make sense and even better becoming more mechanical and instinctual. finally!
Come soon I'll be down in FL with Anney training on her warmer water and drink some margharitas!

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Training is nearly non-existent right now. Today has temps in the 20s and the ground is covered with snow. Difficult to even walk the dogs because the streets are salted. Hunting when I can.
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Perfect time of year for my 10 month old. Drills, Drills, Drills during the week and marks on weekends. Just finished baseball yesterday and now the single T and long lining drills ( I am big on that). If I can get, the T's done. wagon wheel, and small handling blinds done by the end of March and back to water in April for FTW and swim bys etc we should be ready for the fall derbies. Hopefully, but Im not on a schedule just plans. It's all fun and stress relieving!
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Training is nearly non-existent right now. Today has temps in the 20s and the ground is covered with snow. Difficult to even walk the dogs because the streets are salted. Hunting when I can.
The EPA stopped Alaska a few years back from using salt on the roads. We can use salt only on driveways and small parking lots. Iíve kind of forgotten what the effect that salt has on paws. Have you thought about booties? We use them when the trails are icy, they would work on salt too. I pay $2/ea for my fleece booties made here in town. If youíre interested I could mail you a few.


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The EPA stopped Alaska a few years back from using salt on the roads. We can use salt only on driveways and small parking lots. Iíve kind of forgotten what the effect that salt has on paws. Have you thought about booties? We use them when the trails are icy, they would work on salt too. I pay $2/ea for my fleece booties made here in town. If youíre interested I could mail you a few.
The salt is miserable. I have thought about booties.
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The salt is miserable. I have thought about booties.
Try the Pawz balloon boots. They work really well. Shala doesn't pay them a lick of attention. I put them on, and we go. The very first time she had them on, she did the whole, what is on my feet thing, sort of lifting them up, but as soon as we were out the door, she totally forgot about them. All the dogs in my neighbourhood wear them. The salt here is ridiculous.

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For us, winter training is weekend training. No swimming until at least May.

During the week, she plays ball and runs, to keep up her fitness. I've started doing water treadmill with her, too. (Which she LOVES).

Weekends, we train on Saturdays (as long as the snow isn't too deep and it's not dangerous) and will be doing club trials on Sundays. If the snow is bad, we actually use plowed parking lots and do T work or shorter drills.

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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"
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