The "right decision"to a retriever is generally that decision which feels good or is the most convenient.So its the trainers job to teach the dog that what feels good is that which pleases the trainer.
Lost a MN plate in Texas on the last bird last series. That hurt. In my younger days when I shot skeet competitively I missed the last bird for a 100 straight and a 28 gauge state championship. That hurt too.
Courage-being scared to death but saddling up anyway. John Wayne
If you don't know where you're going, every road will get you there.
Pick your battles. Be sure they're small enough to win but big enough to matter.
AND - Yesterday the last bird in the 1st series. After a 6 hour each way drive and an over-night hotel.
Now, officially speaking from experience, I’ll take the FLYER in the 1st series over that feeling of the last bird in the 4th any day! Glass 1/2 full: got to see some good folks, watch some nice dogs, and still get home while the sun was up.... Winners never quit - onward and upward. Good thread.
Danielle R. Pellicci
SPICE, MH14 CD (GN1) RA OA NAJ
(FC AFC “Cori” X Malli QAA)
FEATHER, MH QAA
(FC AFC “Kicker” X “Spice” MH CD RA OA NAJ)
(FC “LB” X“CAPPY”)
RIP: Rhumbline’s Guinness is Good, JH... Miss you every day "Big Man"