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Hunt retrieve practice

I finally got some video of a practice session!  I went to some public land near me that has some fishing lakes (after confirming with the DNR that they didn’t have blue-green algae). It is a gorgeous day today with low humidity (finally!) and under 80 degrees for a change, rather than the 90+ degrees with 99% humidity it has been all summer.

He was full of energy, so we did quite a few retrieves (and then he came home and ran with Dazzle who got some of his own). We started in the shade, but I moved into the sun after reviewing the video and seeing it was really hard to see him. But I wanted to include the one shade area throw where he navigated over a branch in the water on his return. Obstacles in the water can be a challenge for some dogs, but he just took it in stride.

Once on a sunny part of the shore, we worked on angled entries/exits from the water with a bird shaped toy called a dokken. I have 2 sizes. One that is about pidgeon sized that is comfortable for him and one that is duck sized that is quite a mouthful right now. I accidentally called that a goose size in the text on the video- oops!  He also did his first water retrieves of the bigger duck sized toy!  He did a longer retrieve of the smaller dokken and I even got in a distraction (stick in the water). He did an amazing job!

He wasn’t tired when we started heading to the vehicle, so I took advantage of the taller grass and weeds (cover) along the trail to the parking lot and had him do some retrieves on land. This is harder for him because he has to remember where he saw it land and can’t see it till he’s right on top of it.  Again, he did fantastic!  He really makes training easy and enjoyable! I know all the foundation stuff we have done up to this point has really helped as well.


Forgot to add the photo I took of him near the lake:9-1-16 Campbell Preserve sm

Fun videos

We have been working on Obedience/Rally and hunt test stuff.  I’m going to sign him up for a Beginner Novice obedience run and a Novice rally run on his 6 month birthday (Sept. 26th). He’s doing really excellent in Rally class!  And he has a Working Certificate test on Oct. 1st through the Labrador Club. His progress on the hunt test skills are coming along nicely too.

I haven’t gotten video of the training (too lazy to set up the camera and tri-pod for our impromptu sessions), but I did get some cute videos.

This is a short clip of the sounds e makes when he is really bored and no one will play with him. I had my phone pointed at him, but I was working on the computer and ignoring him.

And this is Voodoo vs. an ice cube. It’s not his first one, but he was acting like he had never seen one before and played with it as it melted before he finally ate it.  At the end of the clip, he moved to the couch to continue the play.  Excuse the dirty floor, I’m out of vacuum bags and haven’t had the time to get to the store that carries them.