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I am curious: Those of you who train heavy, do you give your dog a yearly break/vacation from training? and if you do how long? I am thinking of giving my young dog a break over the holidays. She is 21 months old and we have heavily trained 5-6 days a week since she was probably 2 months old. She loves to train and expects to train every day but I think a rest will do her good. Its winter and right now we are doing a single mark and 4 blinds a day with multiple and retired marks on the weekends with Monday off. I feel she is doing pretty good at this stage and definitely could keep going without a rest and no issues but my gut says give her brain a rest for the holidays? Thoughts?

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well, I know a lot of the older dogs do go home for the winter break. Young dogs don't get too much of a break though. Maybe a week or less. I'm still out training my dog. He won't get a break per se but the mood is different during the winter. More relaxed sometimes breaking off earlier in the day. Maybe not train as many days either due to rain or whatnot. its cold so water work doesn't happen although yesterday and today they did some water work but not a ton. I actually prefer the winter training. Just nice, fun, relaxed, dogs are frisky and seem to have a nice time.

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Come on up my way, we will hunt pheasants, black duck, brant and geese. After each hunt a Baconator from Wendy's for the dogs. Now that's a vacation!
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I know Matt can vouch for that!

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One of my mentors is a strong believer in giving the dog a break, even in the summer. Exercise them to keep their muscle tone up but not training. Most of the time that break makes them focus more in training. He has been doing this for a very very long time!


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Due to my work schedule, my dogs are unfortunately granted a training vacation every weekday from mid-November until early February, there's just not enough daylight before I go to work and it's dark after I return home. But they get worked on weekends, typically a few set-ups in the morning and drills in the afternoon. Not ideal, but it's the best that I can do.

As for true let's-have-fun breaks, the co-owner of my best dog (you know who that was) would take him duck hunting ... they'd go 2 - 3 times a week for a month ... and no training occurred during that month! It would take me a week or so to get him sharpened up and focused*, but he loved hunting and I never felt that it was detrimental in any way.

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*Sharpened up and focused is in regard to the dog, not the co-owner ....

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I know of one pro who is telling his client that he should be hunting his dog, just sayin'.
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I know of one pro who is telling his client that he should be hunting his dog, just sayin'.
Though I've never hunted with him, I've heard that Mike Lardy hunts his FCs ... including, years ago, duck hunting with multi-NFC "Lottie" ....
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ha ha ha, Al Arthur is always telling me Proof needs to have a fun hunting in the fall and not to worry about him getting too loose. He said dogs need to be dogs. So that is coming from a pro.

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Thanks for the replies, we are going back to training on Monday. I have had enough of her being lazy stretched out on the couch eating popcorn with my wife and watching TV late at night. She also lays sideways in the bed and takes all my covers and hogs the pillow. Enough is enough!!!

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