Nope you'll have a water series. Depending on the judges, be ready for anything. That is if it's Master. Chances are they'll be more forgiving in the junior and senior when it comes to poor conditions but don't bet on it.bsballdreamer said:hey guys. im trying to get my dog ready for the Hunt Test in Virginia on March 10-11. Its pretty cold up here now, but do you think it will be too cold for a Water series or is there no such thing? thanks
Alcohol will help you out here. :lol:bsballdreamer said:this is my first master test and im freaking out. thanks a lot.
In Virginia a year ago, they were out breaking ice for 2-3 hours so we could run a test....Steve Bean said:Well, if it is too cold, then more than likely there won't be any water.....just ice. Skim ice can be busted up with a boat, waders, dogs etc. Thick ice, as a judge, I would not run a series because of possible break through.
lablover said:I'm not attending a test in NC on 3/3 for the same reason. But am planning on going to NC on 3/17 for a Master test.
Last March when I judged in NC, we did make our water marks and blinds shorter because of the weather conditions and we knew that handlers had not been in the water much.
My experience, dependant upon the judges, is that they are aware of the very cold water this time of the year, and set their tests accordingly.
The "little" 60 yard water blind gave us all the answers we needed.[/quoe]
RGM Come on man are you for real?
I don't know if its just me or what ,but I believe Anyone who owns a dog and is afraid to put them into "cold water" to retrieve a duck really needs to look @ why they own such a dog .There are Retrievers all across the US AND Canada that "really hunt" in"cold" water with entries that exceed 30 or 40 times a morning with iced coats and durations of 1-2 hrs .A TEST OR TRAIL you pick up a few birds 5 minutes later you can dry them off with a towel and put them in a warm vehicle............
Put them in the drink and try em out you might be suprised they float!
lol thats why I like ya man....You will never change.......lablover said:Hunting a dog in cold weather and running events are different.
There is little pressure on a dog while being hunted, and they know it's a hunting trip.
In an event, they know it's NOT hunting, and the pressure level on the dog is higher, and the dogs feel the pressure generated by the nervousness of the handler.
That's my thought, and I'm sticking to it. :lol:
UMM On the couch with his owner drinking a cold delicious and munchin snacks.....lablover said:Just so ya'll don't think I'm a wimp, he absolutely smoked his water
marks today. First time in the water since the season ended. It was 60's here today and the same for Thursday. Guess where he'll be!
good luck buddy I use To be the gun captain there for RRRC...Good group of guys....You should have a blast....pass or failbsballdreamer said:im really familiar with virginia and i think ill just feel more comfortable going there to get our first master out of the way. im going to go to all of the hunt test that are close to this area. (va, md, de and maybe nc)
i just really want to get Robber his MH to do him justice. he's the first dog that ive owned that has the potential to be something special so its pretty much on me. i cant wait!!!