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I worked Thor at a Continental Shoot this past weekend, small shoot---450 ducks. I always look to work one aspect of basic training. This time it was honoring. I shared the stand so it afforded me the opportunity to work on honoring and steadiness (OK, could have been just a little closer but hey, first time.) Thor never broke, even while the working dog retrieved a duck about 15 yards from right in front of us. I also was checking on whether or not the upland hunting affected his retrieving work. Didn't look like it.
Also, comparing Goldens' work to other retrievers---I have seen many other breeds run right over birds and it happened at this shoot too. Thor and his co-worker Golden did not.
Temperature was probably 20 deg or less at the time. I had sent Thor on a very short blind, a bird that fell just on the edge of a small stand of trees. Cold temps+dry air=bad scenting conditions. Saw it in action. Of course Thor got the bird but I can't say that once he was on top of it that he scented it immediately. Hen mallard.
All together my stand partner and I retrieved about 40 birds. OK, our dogs retrieved about 40 birds. It was a great day. In addition to having a great day we got to talk to the preserve owner and talked a little about how field trials used to be run---on salt marsh, in cranberry bogs, etc on Long Island. Again, great day.
Last edited by gdgli; 02-15-2019 at 03:06 PM.