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I'd love to become a better handler. Riot is way better than me. And he's fast like his cousins. I'm trying to get better at deciding before I go to the line, where I need to whistle my dog. I'm not very successful yet. Last weekend at group training, I threw for an hour before running my dog. I wanted to see how the other handlers ran their dogs first and what kind of pitfalls the dogs were having. So we did a lot better having that time ahead. But so much of the time at a test/trial, you don't get the opportunity to plan ahead.

Last weekend Riot did break for the first time in ages. I was completely prepared. We were required to honor the other dog first, before running our dogs. So the honor was first, which we've never done before. When the distraction bird landed 20' in front of him, he took a step and raised his butt slightly. I caught him just right.I don't think he'll break again anytime soon.

We're going to try master this summer. We need a lot of water work. I'm hoping for early spring thaw. We'll go for Quals depending on schedules. I don't know if I want to run Amateurs. No derby dogs in Alaska again this year. 2 years of no derbies. We'll run master spaniel hunt tests again this summer. I want to finish his Open obedience title. I really want to enter him soon in Utility. We are struggling heeling of all things....

Lucy I'm not so sure what the heck to do with her. She has so much Personality. Some days she's an amazing marker. Some days she's a lot of fun to run on blinds. And other days, she has no desire to do anything but greet people and get petted. Entering her is always a crap shoot. A couple of weeks ago, I had a friend run her at training. She was perfect. Who knows what goes through that girl's mind. Consistency is not in her vocabulary. So we'll leave her on the sidelines. Run her in senior spaniel hunt tests and call it a summer. Maybe we'll win the club Chukar Challenge again.
 

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FTGoldens I'm super excited about your spring derbies!! I can't wait to hear all the details.

Woohoo back to training today. Proof has been off since December 19th. that is an eternity for him. Saturday we took him hunting for the first time and he did very well and was super stoked. That was the first time he had had a bird in his mouth and it was in a hunting scenario. Today I didn't know what to expect at training. Would he be super loose? Would he break? I pulled him out of the truck and I swear he was so hyped but did all the work very well. I was happy, he was happy. We are all satisfied in bed now, ha ha.

The weather was extremely cold in Nov but December it has been warm and today the high was 70 as it will be the rest of the week. We haven't had to really stop water work except in Nov. The water temps are still high enough, though. Today we did three marks on water as well as a water blind. Its nice to keep working water in January, wow!
 
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