Howard N. has lots of practice doing drills during in the winter as he lives vic of Anchorage AK. I have read that he trains in parking lots in the winter but I don't know what the conditions are. Maybe he could chime in here with some advice on winter training drills.
I just sent Howard N. a PM and asked him to chime in here about parking lots in the winter. Howard is a great trainer and was qualified for the national am ft this past year and other years too. I would heed his advice.
In my head frozen gound is every bit as hard as a parking lot. I know plenty of people that train in parking lots durring the winter. Most times living where I do its the only thing plowed.
Jay bird, its not just the hardness of the ground. Its the ice and whatever has been put on it to help clear. Please don't take unnecessary chances. I am dealing with a ligament problem in my youngest. Not even training on bad ground, just running around playing. Before its over this could be a serious problem requiring surgery. From now on my dogs stay at heal on the leash until we get to untreated, softer ground.
It's not about the hard, so much as the texture.
Originally Posted by Jay-Bird
I've had dogs wipe the pads off their feet on concrete, after just a few retrieves.
One slip, and they can rupture a ligament.
I don't run on asphalt or concrete surfaces any more.
If it's covered with hard packed snow, I wouldn't be worried about it.
Because that's not abrasive, and the dog's nails can dig in for traction.
But, I won't run my dogs on anything that resembles sandpaper, or a skating rink.
BTW, those Avery hex-a-bricks are the worst cold weather bumpers that you can buy.
They are okay in the summer.
But, I wouldn't use them in the great white north, in the winter months.
On the first video at appx 4:00, what were you saying to the dog as a cue? It sounded like you were saying "mark".
Originally Posted by Wayne Nutt
Problem solved in todays video
Which is located where?