Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: East of the Mississippi
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Hot and Humid!
This is the toughest time of the year to get in some training time. With air temperatures in the 90s (hey Ms. Alaska, is it true that it hit 90 up there?), water temperature not much cooler than the air, and humidity pushing the "feels like" temp to >100, even morning training is short-lived.
Here in the mid-south, we start training at 6:00 - 6:30 and wrap up at 9:00-ish; but even at those times, we seek out shade to park our vehicles in.
I run fans to try to keep the hottest air out of the dogs' boxes and, of course, ensure that they have water available at all times.
Does anyone have a great, original idea as to how to keep the mutts cool?
Notwithstanding the foregoing, I'm still working the now-out-of-derby dogs on more complicated marking set ups, retired guns, and teaching them about running blinds ... it's a long road to get from derbies to all-age, but it's fun. Seeing the "light come on" when they learn a concept keeps me going; however, many days or weeks can go by between the lights, unlike when they were younger.
Marking concepts are coming along well; retired guns are occasionally an issue, with the dogs giving me that "where the heck did he go" look at times. A couple "issues" that I'm dealing with on blinds are (Dog 1) slow and loopy sits on whistles and (Dog 2) a strong preference to turn to the right when given a left back (but the dog is fine with left overs and left angle backs). Oh well, if they did this stuff perfectly every time, there'd be more Field Champions.
Stay cool and keep the A/C working,