Thanks for all the great advice.
In this podcast we we focus on single marks and why they can be difficult for junior level dogs.
We then end with a discussion of the AKC Junior Retriever Hunting Test
In this podcast, I offer 10 tips on how to slow down at a hunt test:
I was at a hunt test last weekend. There were many dogs that marked very poorly. Not all dogs are great markers but I think many had been conditioned in training to be sloppy markers with simple double and triple marks. If a dog can run out to the gun station wander around and be rewarded with a bird, what is the incentive to mark well?
Every mark in training should be challenging and many should be singles. If a dog has to hunt his guts out a for tough marks he will learn to concentrate and focus on the fall rather than just run and hunt.
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"I'm thankful someone stood up to him, even if it was a woman." Franco 10/18/19
How The West was Won ( Colt) QA2
Delilahs Addicted to Mischief QA2 ( Delilah) My Jammin little girl
Working's Symphony of Addictions QA2
Addicted to the Migration ( Goose) SH (My wifes dog)
Dawsons Little Sable (Sable) 12 /08 - 5/14 , We'll hunt again someday girl.
St. Thomas, the great doctor and theologian, warns about the proper use of animals, lest they appear at the final Judgment against us: and God himself will take vengeance on all who misuse his creatures.
Do. Not. Moon. The. Judges!!! They frown on that....... Don't ask me how I know.
Docheno's Recon Warrior "Gunny"
Bad Motor Scooter SH "Scooter"
He that tooteth not his own horn...The same shall not be tooted.
There could be 5 or 6 ninjas in this room right now.
When at the last holding blind, it's long been my ritual to tell the pups, "Win, lose or draw, you're still my guy." Puts me in a the right frame of mind. (Not a one of them to date has been netspurt enough to feel the need to inform me that tests are pass/fail.) Then we go have fun.
If you think I'm wrong, you might be right.
(And to see just how confused I really am, join us in my online blind at: 2017-2018 Season Log
Watch dogs before you run and pay careful attention as to how they perform. Depending on the test level pay close attention to the problems that the dogs have. Try to plan your run and anticipate the issues. Pay close attention to the location of the fall areas and blind locations.
Go Nutts with dog training
HRCH Patton's Parker Co. Shadow "Shadow" RIP (9/12/05-11/23/19)
HRCH Clineline Hijacker "Jack" RIP
HRCH Marks a Lot Midnight Hudson, SH "Hudson" RIP (5/26/01-6/18/15)
Castile Creeks Rawhide, MH "Rowdy"
Have fun in Wabamun!
NMH GMH GMHR-V HRCH-UH Dakota Creek's Royal Navigator MH (HRC & NAHRA 500 PT Club)
HRCH-UH MHR-I Dakota Creek's Royal Gem MH
HRCH-UH WR Dakota Creek's Wreaking Havoc SH
SHR Dakota Creek's Cute As A Bug JH WC
MHR Pine Acre's Dakota Sand Creek SH WCI (2003-2017)
For all the messages providing advice, no one has said, "Read the rules." I used to do this before every test I ran or judged even after 20+ years.
WRC HR Lennoxlove's Run with Wolves JH, WCX ("Cheyenne") ... still so fondly remembered
HRCh Struan's Devil's in De Tails SH, WCX ("Lucy") ... as is her daughter
SR CH Struan's Flight of Fancy JH WC ("Muse") ... gone now also
Struan's Master of the Hunt JH, WC ("Charlie") ... also gone
Struan's Just Plain Perfect ("Jane")
NSDTR/CH Struan's Driving Us Crazy JH WCI ("Daisy") ... the baby in charge
Honeyrun's Duchess of Argyll ("Socks")
Dixie ... the "spare parts" dog
1.) Have fun!
2.) Hold the dog's collar on both birds.
3.) Be sure to wait for the judge to call your number before you let em go. Plus that helps the dog really focus in on where the bird fell. The tendency is to let them go real fast after you see the bird fall. It'll feel like forever but be sure to wait for the judge to call your number.
4.) Have someone take pics of your run if you can.
5.) Thank the judges after your run.
6.) Meet as many folks as you can and cheer them on no matter how your dog does.
7.) Crack a cold one or five later that evening!
Have fun...there's nothing like your first hunt test!