Couldn’t wear Yates out this morning. Started with two water retrieves on wild ducks I shot. Then 5 ZW land retrieves. Followed by 5 land blinds. He was still going strong.
But now crashed on his bed in kitchen.
Yesterday's work hilites. Yates has been getting worse about dipping his head so that it is hard for me to reach and get duck.
As an interim measure yesterday I would give a cue for the next event. Either "mark" or "dead bird" and he would raise his head. At the end of the day I did walking FF with large bumpers.
In today's work he did well with dead birds but the head dipping returned on a live duck and fresh killed duck. So then we did walking FF with ducks including a fresh killed duck. I'm hoping to see improvement Monday. But I used the last of my live ducks.
Any suggestions are welcome.
P.S. A bark collar is going on Rudy when in box.
This morning work. Two doubles and two blinds. 1-2 order hip pocket. 3-4 order pinched in. Then blinds 2-1 order.
Marks were excellent. Blind 2 very good. Blind 1 with lots of suction to mark 2. But we hacked out way to the blind.
Hand delivery of ducks was pretty good.
Yates first triple. The tag line is to pull his head up if he dips it. He is just about over that. We both learned a lot this morning. He ran last so he was fired up.
It was a big wide open triple (170 degrees).
We ran a blind but the cows moved right on top of it practically. He was reluctant to go up to them.
Our work this morning. Yates popped on mark three. He either smelled something, heard me talking when I said "oh shat" or most likely heard the landowner when she was doing something with Scout. She was at their house with Scout off to the right. When he returned he looked in that direction several times. Anyway I was proud that he unwound and continued quickly.
Starting to stretch out some. I didn't have my range finder this morning. Rowdy and I did these marks so its in my notes somewhere.
Yates did 7 marks this morning. But I liked the concept of in front of levee and then behind levee.
On second mark Yates wasn't going to break but I don't like the crouching down. A correction but still allowed to get duck.
Wind as a factor in marks. We have had some very strong winds the last few days. In fact it has been awful. Yates drifted with the wind on the left mark but the wind carried the duck really far. So he wasn't very far to the left.
Both Rudy and Yates both did the same thing.
Yates is such a softy. There is a patch of stickers that you see him avoid on the way back to me. When will he toughen up? Rudy ignored the stickers.