Here is the deal,
In our first hunt test, while going through the holding blinds my dog would get more excited the closer we got to the line. We crashed and burned that test and I do blame myself and not the dog (long story).
The last two tests, going through the holding blinds, my dog is damn near asleep, lays down and rests (right up to the line). Gunshot's, duck calls, nothing phases him. The galllery is smiling at this dog who appear's not to really give a darn, I'm wondering "Great, here we go, he won't go, he's not in the game" etc.. Wife is thinking the same thing. We get called to the line....
He wakes up, perks up, marks great, very steady (his formal obedience is paying off). In our first hunt test pass two weeks ago my dog was scored an average of 8.5 for all the marks. Yesterday's hunt test he did better and score an average of 8.75. Two ribbons towards our first ever title (I know only Junior but we gots to start somewhere).
So I'm thinking.. Hmmmm? Must be WHAT I'M WEARING!!!!
Lucky Toe Ring Regards!
PS: Real cool to finish a tough test with good friends and all go home with a ribbon! Judges were tough and did not tolerate much in terms of mistakes.