Dog's Perspective
The RetrieverTraining.Net Forums The Retriever Academy
Total Retriever Training with Mike Lardy
Hawkeye Media Gunners Up Tritronics Wildear
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 30

Thread: Dog's Perspective

  1. #1
    Senior Member Miriam Wade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003

    Default Dog's Perspective

    I hemmed & hawed about posting this & I'm going off line for a bit, so won't see replies (if I get any!) for a bit.

    IF you had a dog who you knew enjoyed working & seemed to have some talent (subjective-I know), but who you thoroughly enjoyed as a house dog/ companion & he seemed to love that role too-would you consider sending him south to train for the winter? I guess if you could ask the dog which he'd prefer-long walks in the snow & training when able, as well as the life of a house dog OR a winter in a (well-maintained) kennel, experienced training,-marks every day, blind work, airing w/ dogs he clearly likes & a chance to go to line 6 days a week...

    ..what would you do?

    Appreciate any input-

    "You can put pressure on a dog, you canít take it backÖ"

    Mitch Patterson '07

    MHR Wadin's Katie Lied CD, SH, WCX (11/25/93-1/27/07 Rest Well Kate)
    Brassfire's Brass in Pocket JH, WCX ** (4 Master passes)
    Brassfire's New England Patriot (New Pup!!!)

  2. Remove Advertisements

  3. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    DE or the beaches of NC


    Miriam, Glad beyond belief to be here posting this after my "little incident" last Monday. I never ever envisioned sending any of my dogs away to a pro for any amount of time. I have a strong training group and I able to train 3 4 5 days a week on some pretty nice grounds. I left Kargo with David Jensen after winter training with him for several weeks last year. The best dog training decision I have ever made. Kargo is 2 today and he runs better blinds and marks just as well if not better than Jesse at 4 1/2. Getting QUALITY field trial training every day and building that foundation is so very important. Trust me the dogs love what they do when they are in the program. He is home now for the month of December and He will be going back for the Winter trip and as much more as I can afford. If you think Finn has the desire and the ability( I know he does) to play the field trial makes all the difference in the world. It's not that I don't have the ability or the time, the difference in my opinion is FULL time training. The learning curve gets accelerated in a big way. Especially for a young dog. Decide whats best for you and your dog and follow your heart, you'll never be wrong.

    Good Luck with your decision

    Last edited by Bob Agnor; 11-20-2007 at 04:25 PM.

  4. #3
    Senior Member Buzz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Brookings, South Dakota


    I have a female that I truly love as a companion and is a great house dog.

    She will be going south for the winter... In fact, she's either in Texas now, or on the road back home for the holidays, haven't checked in.

    I am 100% sure that the dog loves the work.
    Last edited by Buzz; 11-20-2007 at 04:26 PM.
    "For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required." -- Luke 12:48

    Raven - Moneybird's Black Magic Marker***
    (Esprit's Power Play x Trumarc's Lean Cuisine)
    Mick - Moneybird's Jumpin' Jack Flash***
    (Clubmead's Road Warrior x Oakdale Whitewater Devil Dog)
    Peerless - Moneybird's Sole Survivor
    (Two River's Lucky Willie x Moneybird's Black Magic Marker)

  5. Remove Advertisements

  6. #4
    Senior Member Juli H's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    The coldest part of Alaska


    I think that dogs realize they are in a different situation, but wonder to what extent that impacts them after the initial adjustment.....I mean one month into training, the dog is probably going to be great.....

    Your dog would likely be extremely happy getting the work
    Last edited by Juli H; 11-20-2007 at 04:32 PM.
    God answers prayers all the time. Even the ones we don't know we asked. God is Good (always)

    "There are only two ways to live your life.
    One is as though nothing is a miracle.
    The other is as though everything is a miracle."

    - Albert Einstein

  7. #5
    Senior Member FOM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Falcon, CO


    First thing - what are your goals?

    I know without a doubt my dogs are selfish little turds that will work for birds and they would vote to go South. So that is where Bullet is.....Flash well he has to settle for real hunting when we get out....

    I vote send Finn south if you can afford it.......

    Lainee, Flash and Bullet
    "You can't eat a pig whole, but you can eat a whole pig." - Joe S.

    Proudly Owned By:
    MHR HR Flash Of Mischief SH CD CGC - Flash (10/15/98 - 10/8/12)
    Lightning Fast Quack Attacker QA2 - Bullet (11/22/2003 - 03/05/2016)
    Gotta Heart Of A Warrior - Ranger (12/26/07 - 8/10/2010)
    SML's Gettin' Sexy With It QA2 - Tango
    FOM's Raising a Ruckus in the Rockies QA2 - Riot
    FOM's Fugitive From Justice - Bandit
    FOM's Number One Small Caliber Bullet of CTC - "Ichi the Terrorist"

  8. #6
    Senior Member Steve Shaver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Cornish Utah


    Ahhh oooo
    M's got a delema.
    Well M to me bottom line is he's a dog. I know I know he's more than that to you and I understand that completely. The question is what do you want????? If you cant be without him keep him home. If you want a dog to compete with send him off to get the best education you can afford to give him. He will still be your baby when he comes home plus he'll be better prepared to compete WITH you as a team and I know you and him would like that. It's only for a few months. He's young and so are y..., well your not old. hahahaha just pokin fun there. Only a decision you can make. I had the same problem with Kitty but I sent her off and I am glad I did. We have more fun together now than if I hadn't.

  9. #7
    Senior Member YardleyLabs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yardley, PA


    I made this decision for the first time this year and my 10 month old baby will be going to Georgia for the winter. I had her home for a week two weeks ago, and that made the decision harder as I realized how much I missed her. However, she loves her trainer and loves to train. I want to run her in derbies next season and there's no way I could get her ready without a pro and without access to water through the next several months. It helps that I have a new pup and another adult dog who's ready to drop some pups.

  10. #8
    Senior Member Dale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Derry Pa Blackhawk's Southern Cross SH CD 9/22/93 - 7/15/08


    M, I know how you feel about Finn. Finn is a highly skilled professional and puts his work above all other desire. He wishes only to please. So there for if being away from you pleases you it would be what he would want. I know it is hard to have him away as it was for me with Merlin. I have never regretted the lonely days in a duck blind while he was gone.
    I have told you before to listen to your heart, it won't steer you wrong. You know the level of work you want him doing and you know how to achive it.

  11. #9
    Senior Member GBUSMCR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Aurora CO


    Hi Miriam,
    I vote to send him south for the winter. He loves the work and the birds. I have my little guy with Chylo now and will keep him there for the winter. The disclaimer is that I am only 100 miles away and will admit to frequent trips to see him. While I think I could still send him off, I am close and even with that it sure is hard to have him for the weekend and then take him back.
    George Billings
    Scout and Bella
    Aurora CO
    In Memory
    "Tess" Amigold Duckus Takem - Miss her greatly

  12. #10
    Senior Member jeff t.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    North Carolina




    You will miss him.

    He won't miss you.

    I know how it feels,

    Jeff Telander
    Durham, NC

    FC AFC CT Broad Reach Devil Made Me Doit CD "Sinner"
    Broad Reach Smarty Pants

    Forever in my heart
    OTCh Broad Reach Diesel TD MH UDX2***
    CH Broad Reach Gripper UD MH
    OTCh R Labs Darth Wader TD JH
    OTCh Teracroft Topaz TD JH

Similar Threads

  1. Interesting perspective that.....
    By road kill in forum POTUS Place - For those who talk Politics in the Gallery!
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 12-07-2009, 06:35 AM
  2. Mayo Clinic perspective
    By txbadger in forum POTUS Place - For those who talk Politics in the Gallery!
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-31-2009, 06:03 AM
  3. All things in perspective....
    By T. Mac in forum RTF - Retriever Training Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-30-2008, 11:00 AM
  4. Perspective GDG
    By Danno in forum RTF - Retriever Training Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-18-2008, 03:43 PM
  5. Banning Breeds-An interesting perspective
    By harley387 in forum RTF - Retriever Training Forum
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 01-04-2007, 03:54 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts