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I'm a week out from my first run for ribbons, I have my 4.5 yr old "meat Dog' BLF entered in WC. She's well bred, has thrown some good pups, and has retrieved a couple hundred ducks, geese, grouse and dozens of barn pigeons. She's very lady like, very calm in the blind, "graceful" slow water entries, no wasted energy in fact she's so steady and slow that I worry about it being a negative. Im confident she'll pass the WC, likely the WCI and depends on her focus for the WCX. She runs triples, T's force to pile, wasnt FF'd, just did CC, will hold on for dear life until told " thank you. She will handle but nothing fancy, both "over's", back and come to whistle. She's steady to honor in training, not testing in a real hunting scenerio. My questions are, we have to be on site for 8:30 am, what sort of feeding schedule do you do on trial/ test days?, how early should I be to "air" her? any practice retrieve's on site? Any other tips for this weeks training or the day of would be MUCH appreciated!
 

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I am not sure of what the requirements are for WC, but I know for the junior tests I have been to I don't change the feeding too much. I feed her before we leave and have something for her to eat during the day. When you air is dependent upon your running order. I ran almost last at the first test we passed, and Peyton had been out to air at least 4 times before we ran. I would just make sure you have you dog aired 15-20 minutes before you are set to run.

As far as training for the week before, I try to make the training as close what the test will be as I can. Use real birds, guns, calls, etc. so you can clean up any issues. (Learn from my past mistakes... Peyton would hold a bumper for an hour if I told her to, a duck not quite the same:rolleyes:)

Good Luck,

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I'm a week out from my first run for ribbons, I have my 4.5 yr old "meat Dog' BLF entered in WC. She's well bred, has thrown some good pups, and has retrieved a couple hundred ducks, geese, grouse and dozens of barn pigeons. She's very lady like, very calm in the blind, "graceful" slow water entries, no wasted energy in fact she's so steady and slow that I worry about it being a negative. Im confident she'll pass the WC, likely the WCI and depends on her focus for the WCX. She runs triples, T's force to pile, wasnt FF'd, just did CC, will hold on for dear life until told " thank you. She will handle but nothing fancy, both "over's", back and come to whistle. She's steady to honor in training, not testing in a real hunting scenerio. My questions are, we have to be on site for 8:30 am, what sort of feeding schedule do you do on trial/ test days?, how early should I be to "air" her? any practice retrieve's on site? Any other tips for this weeks training or the day of would be MUCH appreciated!
You're in Canada?
 

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Expect the unexpected.
I guess if I expect a clown to ride a unicorn in and sword fight a zombie, then I'll have the advantage over the other handlers, lol..... So this week I'll run drill's with my brother in law in a bozo costume ( not a big stretch really) riding my sway back Paint horse and my best friend after a case of Budweiser ( again, not a stretch) sword fighting with my son's toy light Sabre's..... LMAO! wait, come to think of it, that was my bachelor party!

Seriously though I hope I don't pull a rookie "Oh my God he didnt just do that" move... I have faith in Bailey, although she does tend to try to use her eyes and ignore my handling on blinds from time to time.
 

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Not much to a WC

Haven't ran one in a loooong time but from what remember

Back to back single retrieves ( land and water)

75 yds Max on land
40 yds max on water

May cone to line on lead and held while marks are going.

Must deliver to area not necessarily to hand.

If you handle on a mark you will fail. Marks will be 90 degrees or more apart.

No blinds. No honor. Pick up the chickens and get a ribbon.
 

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Not much to a WC

Haven't ran one in a loooong time but from what remember

Back to back single retrieves ( land and water)

75 yds Max on land
40 yds max on water

May cone to line on lead and held while marks are going.

Must deliver to area not necessarily to hand.

If you handle on a mark you will fail. Marks will be 90 degrees or more apart.

No blinds. No honor. Pick up the chickens and get a ribbon.
Pretty much what Baby Duck say is for real. Very simple in/out. Judges and members of the club are really very helpful. Where are you running at??and when??
 

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WCI

Double land and water
Land 75 yds
Water 50 yds

Honor on land. Dogs must be off lead from last blind and under judgement to line. Must walk at heal.

No verbal permitted while dog is working.

No blinds.
 

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Wcx

Walk up land double. walk 15 yds or so first bird 100 yds second 50.
With honor dog must honor

Water double. 50 yds

Land blind 50 moderate cover

Water blind 50 yds. No angle entry
 

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I guess if I expect a clown to ride a unicorn in and sword fight a zombie, then I'll have the advantage over the other handlers, lol..... So this week I'll run drill's with my brother in law in a bozo costume ( not a big stretch really) riding my sway back Paint horse and my best friend after a case of Budweiser ( again, not a stretch) sword fighting with my son's toy light Sabre's..... LMAO! wait, come to think of it, that was my bachelor party!
Being from Canada, thought that it would be atleast Molson or Labatts!!
 

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Being from Canada, thought that it would be atleast Molson or Labatts!!

Couldn't Choke either one into most of us, unless you count Coors Light as it owns Molson, Bud or Budlight are big. Its like how every one thinks Fosters is big in Austrailia, but Ive heard they hate the stuff.

I've read the rule books on WC, WCI, WCX, but Im just thinking about all the little tips for before, the day of, during and after the tests.
 

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My questions are, we have to be on site for 8:30 am, what sort of feeding schedule do you do on trial/ test days?, how early should I be to "air" her? any practice retrieve's on site? Any other tips for this weeks training or the day of would be MUCH appreciated!
I do not feed the morning before the test (he gets very loose when he gets excited), I will give some food after the first series. the hunt test I have been too there is always a long wait after you run the first series before the next series, unless they invert the running order. as far as the pratice retrieves I would ask before you do it. good luck, have fun and remember to breathe.
 

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I feed morning of.

I try to get to site hour before.
Ob on lead. A couple hand thrown bumpers. But most rules are no training on site.
Let marshal know you are a newbie. There will likely be people that have ran tests before. Watch a few. Ask questions. Relax. And take your time.

This week try to simulate tests that you will see.

Email me if you don't know what they are like.
I'll be training this week email if you want to see a set up.
 
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