The RetrieverTraining.Net Forums The Retriever Academy
Total Retriever Training with Mike Lardy
Hawkeye Media Gunners Up Tritronics Outdoor Media
Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 50

Thread: Transitioning back to HRC

  1. #21
    Senior Member bjoiner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Albany, GA
    Posts
    1,014

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Perry View Post
    The "free jackets" had the zipper on the wrong side when I got mine several years ago. Never wore it. Go buy a Mcallister or Filson. You will be $ ahead.
    MP
    My zipper is backwards too. What's that about?
    Bubba Joiner

    HRCH UH Ridgewood's Georgia Dawg (500 point club)
    HRCH Ridgewood's Gold II
    HRCH Hold My Beer & Watch This
    Hope She's A Duk Dawg

  2. #22
    Senior Member bjoiner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Albany, GA
    Posts
    1,014

    Default

    To the original question, if your dog moves with your leg movement, either stand while running if it is an option or move your legs while on the bucket.
    Bubba Joiner

    HRCH UH Ridgewood's Georgia Dawg (500 point club)
    HRCH Ridgewood's Gold II
    HRCH Hold My Beer & Watch This
    Hope She's A Duk Dawg

  3. #23
    Senior Member WBF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    151

    Default

    Nate great accomplishments with your dog sounds like you have a very well balanced animal. I haven't ran the Grand but have trained with many that have had success. Of course the dog has to mark the birds, but holding the dog together for several series of shooting poppers over them while keeping their butt on the ground is the key to success. There are many great dogs out there but not all are geared to play the Grand, just the same that not all Grand dogs will become all age qualified. They all are different. From the truck to the holding blind to the line, everything nice and slow. Maintain high standards all around. Use lots of holding blinds, making the dog wait his turn with excitement going in the field. Be the first one in the holding blind and the last to run. Put birds absolutely where the dogs don't want to go. Use wingers with nice arcs on throws, no noise in the field. Start off with singles/multiple stations no gun at the line just sit on the bucket, keep the dogs butt on the ground, and let him find his mark. Later up the standard by shooting a 20 gauge at the line with singles not pointing the gun at the birds just yet, we are still focused on keeping his butt on the ground. Put the bird where he doesn't want to go, run single marks that will build off of each other. Tough control blinds, through old falls and under arcs.

    Good training brother

    http://www.walkbyfaithretrievers.com/
    Last edited by WBF; 02-12-2013 at 08:04 AM.

  4. #24
    Senior Member WBF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    151

    Default

    Sorry left one very important thing out. Use natural brush, trees, or clumps as your winger hides. Don't expose gun stations. A winger hide is still very much exposed. Winger hides out in the open are great for weekend HRCH and MH tests but not the Grand.

  5. #25
    Senior Member fishduck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    nowhere Alabama
    Posts
    1,420

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bjoiner View Post
    To the original question, if your dog moves with your leg movement, either stand while running if it is an option or move your legs while on the bucket.
    That is one of the problems of the Grand: vague guidelines. I have heard "you must sit on the bucket" and that standing is permissible. Both cannot be true. The rule book makes no mention. You also have to keep your hat on your head even though you are given a very nice handlers hat at the handlers meeting. I understand the seminar covers all of this but it is only given the day before the Grand. Hard to train for standards that are only specified the day before. If you don't have the option of training with someone successfully passing the Grand then I would focus my energies elsewhere.
    Mark Land

  6. #26
    Senior Member Lonnie Spann's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    616

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Perry View Post
    The "free jackets" had the zipper on the wrong side when I got mine several years ago. Never wore it. Go buy a Mcallister or Filson. You will be $ ahead.
    MP
    I agree Mike, my "free" jacket will end up costing me around $5,000!

    Lonnie Spann

  7. #27
    Senior Member fishduck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    nowhere Alabama
    Posts
    1,420

    Default

    Y'all need to stop putting price tags on those free jackets, My wife could read this!!
    Mark Land

  8. #28
    Senior Member Hairy Dawg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    GA
    Posts
    229

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bjoiner View Post
    My zipper is backwards too. What's that about?
    I was told by my wife, quite a few years back, that if the zipper is backwards, it's a woman's jacket. How much truth there is to that, I don't know, but that's since been my assumption when I've seen one. Now, when you say backwards, I'm assuming that the zipper is on the left side, & not inside out.

  9. #29
    Senior Member KNorman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Prairieville, La
    Posts
    1,070

    Default

    I would prepare for the Grand by doing nothing but OB work in the morning and evening for a couple of weeks about three months before the Grand. Tighten that obedience up drum tight well in advance. Then, bring it to the field, upholding that elevated OB standard.

    Your standards have to (obviously) elevate on all fronts. As I said, about 3 months out, I ran lots of singles and doubles to firm up marking/lining and ran lots of factorless cold blinds so I made sure my casting was rock solid. Then, about a 2 months out, start elevating the factors in your set-ups. Almost like drills before taking it to scrimmage.

    Hope that I'm making sense....

  10. #30
    Senior Member JoeOverby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    520

    Default

    The individual that was in charge of acquiring, ordering, and approving those jackets decided on that particular style. My 1000 pt jacket has that lovely feature...My 1500 pt jacket does not. I do not think the new ones have "backwards" zippers as HRC has recently changed vendors.
    Joe Overby
    Candler Creek Retrievers
    www.candlercreekretrievers.com
    GRHRCH UH "Hooch" MH (HRC 1500 pt. club)
    HRCH "Tater" MH

Posting Permissions

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