Every year it's a challenge to go so long without access to open swimming water. So I've been using Potter Marsh at the south end of Anchorage to mimic water. So here's what I came up with. There are 2 photos below. One of the view looking out across the marsh and the other is a google shot showing how I'm trying to run my dog. I'm trying for snow - brush - snow - brush, you get the idea. So I've been trying to set up marks that force the dog to go through snow then brush/reeds in a straight line. No cheating. Because the view is flat, there are no hills to run the dog from, the dog is really having to mark super well. The weather is very cold so the bumpers don't have much smell, so they are really forced to rely on their eyes. We use black/white bumpers and make sure to not have the dog face the sun and we try to throw very high. Then the next day we threw similar marks with orange bumpers. We started at 75 yards and extended farther from there. This is super hard for the dogs. The length of the yellow line on the photo is 465 yards.
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