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Trial/Test Season is fast approaching!

In my neck of the woods, trials and tests will be starting soon, with the first southern venued trial in only three weeks.
DANG, how in the world did I let the months slip by without getting all the boxes checked off my training list?!
I'll probably miss the earliest trials because my derby dogs need additional water work before putting them on display ... and my all-age dog can use some H2O disciplining as well.
I'd love to run at least 5 trials this spring, but I'm not sure that I can get that done.

It's been a few years since I've hit the derby trail, but I'm looking forward to it. I even checked Entry Express for trial dates to insert into my calendar. For me, derbies are a whole lot more fun than the all-age stakes ... after all, once you cut the derby dogs loose, it's all up to them to do their jobs. Of course, even in a derby there will be jitters every time I head to the line (especially with one of my youngsters, which is pretty wired). But once I'm on the line, I sort of get in a "zone," so the jitters pretty much disappear or, at least, are not within my consciousness.

So who's planning to run trials and/or tests this spring?
And who's ready???

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Well, thinking about some hunt testing.
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Big maybe for my girl. I think she could get a WC. I did some doubles with her last week. Problem is training alone so if have to be my own thrower. I also need to get some birds out for her. My boy still doesn’t have enough training yet. Place I usually train is 2 hours away and I haven’t been told of any practice times yet this winter.
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oooh I can hear the excitement in your post, FT. I can't wait until you start running, I want to hear all about it! I agree, derby is so fun. Man, I wish I had appreciated it more because this all age stuff is hard, ha ha.

We are plugging away. Trying some new stuff to get better on all age blinds. I am the pits. Proof has gotten pretty good at them now but my timing is so bad. So we will see how the training goes for the spring and from there I will see if I will run him or not. I probably will, mainly for the fun for proof. I don't like running and screwing up blinds every trial and sometimes we can get through them ha ha ha. oh well, it gets old and depressing doing well in the marks and sucky on the blinds but he doesn't care. He loves trials. ha ha.

Anyway, its been a few weeks off with proof due to some unexpected stuff so next week we will get back into it. He is climbing the walls, I can't wait to train again.

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Good Luck! FT Goldens! We are training hard for the Q this winter. Things are coming along pretty good. I would enter a Q now if it was just land We need water work. Our original goal was the fall for the Q but if the water work comes along nicely we are looking at Memorial Day at the earliest. We cant get in the water til the beginning of April so a lot of work is on the horizon. Derby's are so fun, it sucked we missed out on the last four months of her Derby's and had to scratch the last two. BUT remember as some great mind told me " You only need to be a pinpoint marker for about 6 months" Take care!

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that is the truth! Derbies you pretty much have to pin every bird to place, I have found that even a handle can win the occasional all age trial. Just GET and STAY IN THE AREA! That goes a long way!

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Yes, Derby's wasn't kind to us. (which I knew would happen and people told me not to run them and train AA) Our young dog will never pin point a mark. She marks off the gun and loops 50% of the time. She will always come back with the bird and stay in the area until she finds it though. I am excited to move upward because she has a great memory and has no problem going very long though old falls on her retired birds. She just wants to work, mistakes or not she loves to work and is a team player and totally trusts me. We will see how she progresses. We are working through obstacles now on her land blinds which is going well. Only time will tell when the water gets warm enough

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that sounds like the kind of dog I would love to own! How fun for you!! I know what you mean. My other dog doesn't pin every mark. She doesn't mark of the gunner and she usually will go into the area and do a couple loops while Proof would just go right to the bird. BUT she is a huge team player, almost always goes straight to the area in front of the gun, and cannot get enough work, she lives for it. I think she will do better in all age because of this. Plus it doesn't help when she is running against her littermates in nearly ever trial and they are all very close to equal in marking. just depends on the day...she has a few months left but I don't care about derbies like I did with proof so who knows.

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Bryn, a puppy from my first litter, will be running JH this year and hopefully pass the WC I'm planning. Our HT season doesn't start until the very end of March. I'm so nervous for her but I really think she'll do great. She's always shown a ton of confidence and drive.

Teal took a long break but I'm hoping to have her ready for the WCX so she can attempt a triathlon award at our specialty

Here's Bryn coming back from her first water mark at just under 5 months. She's just a little proud and so was I.
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Big maybe for my girl. I think she could get a WC. I did some doubles with her last week. Problem is training alone so if have to be my own thrower. I also need to get some birds out for her. My boy still doesn’t have enough training yet. Place I usually train is 2 hours away and I haven’t been told of any practice times yet this winter.
I hear what you're saying about training alone. Right now, my training partners are more focused on duck hunting than dog training, even though the ducks are extremely sparse around here ... my interest in duck hunting is as low as the duck population right now! I have a couple wingers to help me with marks, but it's not the same as a person throwing a bumper or duck.

Just curious ... have you looked at the Field Network list of trainers and clubs listed by state? The list is on the GRCA website; may be you can find a club or person to train with.

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