I'm interested in hearing what "ya all" (I'm getting there), do the morning of the trial to get your "dogs game" face on?
This is what I do also. I will also do a couple of happy bumpers when I get mine out of the vehicle and getting ready to start the procession through holding blinds. Lots of praise and fun.Miriam Wade said:Angie-
You said trial, but I'm guessing hunt testing applies. I air her at the motel, so when I get to the grounds she's good for a while & I can check in, etc. If we have an early # I'll stop somewhere & throw a couple of fun bumpers on the way just to let her stretch.The one thing I don't do is any real training or something we can get into a pi**ing match over.
Kinda figured it went something like that..... 8)The night before a trial, the Dozer and I enjoy a nice bowl of speghetti. This is so we get plenty of carbs before our big workout. I read a bed time story like Rin-Tin-Tin to him as he lays in his kennel. When done with that, we discuss our game plan for the next day. Usually, Dozer decides that he will be captain and I can play if I want. He assures me that he knows whats best and he will do his best.
After I tuck the man to bed, I.....the coach........go get the edge off with a few more adult beverages. Maybe find a honky tonk to shake my edge off. Then I think I go to bed from there, I'm not quite sure though.
As the sun comes up, the coach jumps in the shower with one thought on his mind, where is my white shirt. Once that is found and taken care of, we warm up the glow plugs and take off. We are here at last, a team together as one. As I jump out the truck and let the captain out, he greets me with a big jump a small sprint to victory. After the leg lift, he thanks me with a small brown surprise........."Now I'm ready coach!" As we go to the line I whisper....."It's your world kid, I'm only living in it
Are your dogs out of show or field lines? The reason I ask is the old adage, "With slow dogs you move fast, and with fast dogs you move slow."wetdogs said:I will also do a couple of happy bumpers . . . .Lots of praise and fun.
Ditto on that Kevin.AmiableLabs said:Are your dogs out of show or field lines? The reason I ask is the old adage, "With slow dogs you move fast, and with fast dogs you move slow."wetdogs said:I will also do a couple of happy bumpers . . . .Lots of praise and fun.
For my dogs, tests/trials are work. They have to remain self-composed. They have to take it seriously or they will fail. If I through happy bumpers before a trial/test, and I loaded the atmosphere with fun and praise, it would literally guarantee failure.