|Tucker is watching the other dogs
retrieving. The sound of the guns doesn't
seem to bother him.
|I am bringing Tucker out of the blind and up
to the line. I was told that I exhibited good
communication with my dog.
|I am showing Tucker his first mark. I'm
pointing to the gunners and using the queue
word that I use in Utility for marking a
go-out. He is probably thinking "Where's my
stanchion and white gate?
|Looking for the second mark
|Turning back to watch the "go bird" get
thrown. It's a good thing Tucker is good at
pivots in Utility because you seem to do a lot
of them in field work!
|Tuckers hunting for.... ok a bumper. He still
hasn't gotten the bird thing. In fact, he
stopped and sniffed the bird and went back
to look for a bumper. That's my boy!
|Yeah! He got it! The thrower tossed the bird again for him to see. He ran over to sniff it then started to walk away. I quickly yelled
"YES! GET IT!"
He said "Well OK then!" and happily ran back to me with the bird in his mouth.
|I can't keep it?
|Lining up to retrieve the "memory bird". It
wasn't much of a memory. The thrower had
to re-throw to get his attention. Tucker
wasn't going far enough out to actually
locate the bird. He is use to searching for
bumpers in the range of my throwing arm.
|No persuading this time. Once he
found the bird, he picked it right up
and headed back to me!
|"Got you another one mom!"
|My friend Jennifer, tossing birds.
|"Why does Jim get to keep it?"
|The seminar was a lot of fun and Jim was very good at explaining what to do and what not to do. Obviously, Tucker is not ready to run a WC test.
At 9-1/2 years old, I think he did pretty well for his first time ever seeing a real bird and then being asked to retrieve it. I think we are off to a good
start and with a little bit of work, it's a title I know we can accomplish.
|After the seminar, it was time to cool off with a swim. Jennifer brought 10 week old Tully to the seminar. He's never been in water before.
Tucker is a very strong and confident swimmer and a good teacher for young pups. As you can see, after just a little thought,
Tully jumped right in!
|"I'm not sure I liked that!"
|"Well...Tucker seems to be having fun"
|"OK, Maybe I'll try again!"