Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: East of the Mississippi
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My puppies turned 6 months old a couple weeks ago.
As with many 6 month olds, they are both jerks ... some of the time. Over the weekend I began CC on sit. "Boy," who is typically more jerkish than "Girl" and was often compliant to the sit command only with a hydraulic (i.e., sloooooow) sit, took to it just fine and sped up his sit. Girl, however, was hilarious ... when she first received the stimulation, she turned around to see who in the world was back there doing that; shortly thereafter, she stopped trying to discover the culprit and complied. Boy began to slow down when we restarted heeling after a sit commend, which is not atypical (they often quickly learn that sitting is safe), so with the next session, he'll probably get a nick on heel.
Their marking seems to be quite good. They get marks as often as I can get out with them ... they only get singles, typically with multiple gunners or stickmen in the field; bumpers only (no birds until we get through FF); they have made 75 yard retrieves in 3' tall broom sedge and 300 yard retrieves on short grass; I try to have some sort of concept designed in the marks, whether hip pocket, or looking LONG past a real short gunner, or side-hill, or a mark thrown downhill, etc.; energy level is very high, especially with Girl, which is exactly where I want it. Unfortunately, they haven't been in any water since probably October, so there will be a lot of H2O catch-up work to do, but since they will be CC'd and FF'd by the time we can go to water, progress will hopefully be rapid.
Puppies are fun, in particular I like to observe the rapid progress they make.
Hey Lee, how's your puppy doing?
Who else has a puppy?