Cheyenne is 8 years old and she is my sassy back talker. She loves to go everywhere with me and hates when I leave her behind, I really hear about it when I return. She loves the rest of the family but shes pretty much my girl. She loves to swim!
I began her field training when she was six. It was a very slow go in the beginning and I was just about to give up when our trainers and good friends Dave & Michelle Keehn over at Dusty Rose K-9 Trainers decided to shackle a live duck and see if that would get her excited to retrieve. Well the first toss she ran out looked at it sniffed it and came back without it, my heart sunk and I thought she is never going to retrieve but then they decided to bring out their dog Dutch to show her how it is done. The duck was tossed, Dutch made her retrieve and the light came on for Cheyenne. They threw the duck for Cheyenne, she ran out picked it up and brought it back to within about five feet of me, I could have leaped for joy my girl finally retrieved! Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!!
We have continued to train since then and last year tried a WD (Working Dog Stake http://www.amchessieclub.org/PDFs/WD.pdf ), although we missed our title by one bird I could not have been more proud of her for the determination she had to find the one elusive bird. The judge gave me great encouragement and the whole gallery was rooting for her, I think they wanted her to pass as much as I did! Well theres always next time