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this last couple of days I've been training with the amateurs and doing some really meaty singles and then very hard blinds. They were the kind of blinds me and proof can't do well so it is good training for me. Then this morning I did a lot of drill work. Hopefully this week get some more water in in the afternoon. It has been warmer afternoons but pretty cold until around 11 am. This Friday I judge my first derby so Im pretty excited about it!!
 

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Good luck on the Derby Judging MOP. This weekend was a rough one for the pup but she hung in there. Friday was the first time with 4 guns in the field besides stickmen. We ran all of them as singles. 1st set up was open/amateur marks with both sets converging. She did well on the short marks but needed help getting out to the long guns past the old falls. 2nd setup was basically the same but a triple.(Ran as singles) Ran the short bird and did ok, ran the long right bird (325yrds) and nailed it. Came back to the long converging left gun, she drove through the old fall but about 75% of the way there she needed a little movement to get her attention to the long bird but she learned to keep going. Saturday we trained with a hunt test group with bumper launchers. She has never seen this before. The first mark confused her a bit not having a white jacket in the field and a bumper shot out of the bushes with a duck call ( whats that?) so we moved up and she got it with a hunt. The 2nd and third marks were a lot better but still different with no white jackets and duck calls. She handled it well though even though her marking was off a bit. Sunday was just a confidence builder with all single marks under 100 yards. Now back to the yard finishing up FTP this week. Have a great week!
 

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MOP,
Good luck on judging. Fill us in and take photos. Sometimes when I judge hunt tests, I take a video of the test dog. It's really nice to remember how things came together.

Trained last Saturday with a totally wild Riot. He was a crazy dog and completely embarrassed me. But last night he was amazing. I corrected him only once. Thankfully my husband was there so it wasn't just my imagination, Riot really did very well. It was only drills, but gosh it was nice to have a session that was completely great. Now if I only had it on video! Sometimes I think Riot will be just like his sire, hot one day, cold the next. Last night I ran him completely on my left side. Tonight I'll run the same drills from my right side and see how he does. I don't run him from both sides nearly enough. I'm a one sided human, so I have to think really hard when I run him on the other side. He doesn't have a problem though, it's strictly his handler.

The calendar for Alaska trials/tests is already up.
June 1-3 field trials at Pt MacKenzie
June 8-10 field trials at Pt MacKenzie
June 15-17 hunt tests at North Pole
July 6-8 field trials at North Pole
July 13-15 field trials at North Pole
July 20-22 hunt tests at Turnagain Pass
July 27-29 field trials at Turnagain Pass
July 28-29 flushing hunt tests Pt MacKenzie
Aug 3-5 field trials at Turnagain Pass
Aug 17-19 hunt tests at Pt MacKenzie
Aug 25-26 flushing hunt tests at North Pole

Generally our Open and Amateur field trials have 15-18 dogs. Our Qualifying field trials have 6-12 dogs. Our derbies 3-10 dogs.
Master hunt tests 6-24 dogs, senior hunt tests have 5-10 dogs, junior hunt tests 10-30 dogs.

Let me know if anyone is interested in coming up to run their dogs. Small entries, no ticks, beautiful locations, no hot weather. $100/dog to fly on Alaska Airlines each way.

Here's a link to videos of some of our locations: https://www.youtube.com/user/GraylingConst/videos
Please consider coming up and running your dog. Let me know if you can judge, we're always looking to fill a spot!
 

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MOP,
Good luck on judging. Fill us in and take photos. Sometimes when I judge hunt tests, I take a video of the test dog. It's really nice to remember how things came together.

Trained last Saturday with a totally wild Riot. He was a crazy dog and completely embarrassed me. But last night he was amazing. I corrected him only once. Thankfully my husband was there so it wasn't just my imagination, Riot really did very well. It was only drills, but gosh it was nice to have a session that was completely great. Now if I only had it on video! Sometimes I think Riot will be just like his sire, hot one day, cold the next. Last night I ran him completely on my left side. Tonight I'll run the same drills from my right side and see how he does. I don't run him from both sides nearly enough. I'm a one sided human, so I have to think really hard when I run him on the other side. He doesn't have a problem though, it's strictly his handler.

The calendar for Alaska trials/tests is already up.
June 1-3 field trials at Pt MacKenzie
June 8-10 field trials at Pt MacKenzie
June 15-17 hunt tests at North Pole
July 6-8 field trials at North Pole
July 13-15 field trials at North Pole
July 20-22 hunt tests at Turnagain Pass
July 27-29 field trials at Turnagain Pass
July 28-29 flushing hunt tests Pt MacKenzie
Aug 3-5 field trials at Turnagain Pass
Aug 17-19 hunt tests at Pt MacKenzie
Aug 25-26 flushing hunt tests at North Pole

Generally our Open and Amateur field trials have 15-18 dogs. Our Qualifying field trials have 6-12 dogs. Our derbies 3-10 dogs.
Master hunt tests 6-24 dogs, senior hunt tests have 5-10 dogs, junior hunt tests 10-30 dogs.

Let me know if anyone is interested in coming up to run their dogs. Small entries, no ticks, beautiful locations, no hot weather. $100/dog to fly on Alaska Airlines each way.

Here's a link to videos of some of our locations: https://www.youtube.com/user/GraylingConst/videos
Please consider coming up and running your dog. Let me know if you can judge, we're always looking to fill a spot!
It sounds like you work for the Chamber of Commerce or the Alaska Visitors' Bureau! LOL!!!

Joking aside, I can personally attest that the grounds are unique and beautiful, as is the entire state.
 

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Buffy is in heat. I had committed to working two Continental Shoots Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday. Oh well, I had to work Thor two consecutive days and as always use it as a training opportunity. Actually it was awesome. I had watched Thor at a previous shoot having trouble with what I call flyaway cripples. Forget about it, Buffy gets them all, she is amazing. But I watched Thor get flapped in the face, pecked, and the birds fly off a short distance, he would not pursue. I figured he needed more experience so 35 birds one day and 45 the next day seemed to be doing the trick. Most of the shooters are not that good so I would suspect 90% of the birds are cripples. I saw Thor get flapped in the faced by a pheasant hen, she ran a couple of steps, started to fly and Thor ran and jumped in the air to get her. I LOVE IT! HE LEARNED THAT HE CAN GET THEM! And to make it even better, I asked a friend to come with me to watch. Thor made me proud.
 
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