Well that was a BUST

I mentioned in my last post about Titan having a brain fart. Well here’s the story.

Last August I entered Titan in a hunt test, I am still not confident in myself for handling in this arena so my friend David Keehn would be handling him. This would be his third pass or so I thought. The land series went okay, Titan looked up in the gallery for me as he walked to the first holding blind but then he focused on the business at hand. He marked his first bird and straight lined right to it. The second bird he had to hunt a bit but he found it. I noticed for the second bird almost every dog had trouble with it, I think there was a low spot and there were huge trees casting a very large shadow that was throwing the dogs off.

He received his pass so we were called back for the water series…that’s when things fell apart!

I thought I would move down closer so I could get some nice shots of him…BIG MISTAKE!!!

He went to the line.

He was steady.

Bird down.

He was sent.

But Titan had other thoughts on his mind…ME!

He made an about turn and started to head for where I thought I was well hidden. I placed myself behind vehicles right next to the duck box but that was not enough to mask my scent. I heard Dave call him back to the line and he returned but when he tried to send him again he just sat there. Soooo no pass for him.

So when I entered him in the WD that would be held with the National Show Specialty (NSS). Dave had worked with us for several weeks prior to the stake so I knew we were ready. I was a still a bit nervous he would do the same thing again but he ended up working beautifully for me.  Although I am nervous to run him at a hunt test I do have a bit more confidence with having the WD under our collars.

These are photos from the morning land series

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Titan (2)

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Titan (3)

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Titan (4)

This is from the AKC Guidelines for Retriever Hunt Tests so those not familiar with hunt tests might have a better understanding of what the dog is expected to do.

Junior Hunting Tests. Dogs shall be tested on a minimum of four single marks, two on land and two on water. No more than two marks may be thrown in a series. Judges in keeping with simulation of realistic and natural hunting conditions must remember the use of numerous decoys, islands, points of land, rolling terrain, cover, ditch lines, wind direction, etc. are important factors to consider when designing test scenarios to evaluate Junior dogs as capable hunting companions.

Dogs shall be steady but may be brought to the line on leash with a flat buckle collar. The dog is under judgment when it leaves the holding blind. A Junior dog that is not under control when brought to the line (jumping, strongly tugging, etc) even though it is on a leash shall risk receiving a lower score in trainability including zero in extreme cases. Dogs may be restrained gently with a slipcord looped through the flat buckle collar, or held gently by the flat buckle collar until sent to retrieve.

Black and White Sunday

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Follow-up Friday ~ August 23, 2013

Today we are joining our friends Jodi over at Heart Like A Dog and her co-hostess JoAnn from Sand Spring Chesapeakes, for Follow-up Friday, the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.

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Thanks Jodi!

Black and White Sunday ~ Pretty Posey

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Sand Spring Chesapeakes said…

Very pretty, I wonder what color it is in color?

Here ya go JoAnn…pretty pretty color!

Fair 2013 (7)

Wordless Wednesday ~ Perfect Piggy Tail

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Thank you all for the wonderful comments you left for this photo, I really appreciate them. There was one that really stood out to me, why you ask, well because it came from an expert on piggy tails!

PigLove said…

There’s only one cuter tail in the world – and that would be mine :) oink snort. XOXO – Bacon

Stop on over and say HI to Bacon, the cutest little piggy in the world.

Black and White Sunday ~ In Flight

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Thanks for the compliments on this one, I took it with my phone so not the greatest quality and trying to capture the little bugger before he got away was a bit tricky.

Wordless Wednesday ~ Splish Splash

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Dusty Rose said…

Who is this?

This is my beautiful Cheyenne just one month ago; she was enjoying a nice swim at my family reunion.

This ‘N That Thursday

Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes for Cheyenne. She continues to improve but we still do not have the rest of the results from her blood work. I will keep you posted.

I do have some exciting news; this weekend will be Titan’s first hunt test. He has been training hard and doing great, he loves his work! This is a photo my friend Michelle shared with me, they were working with pheasants. This boy is all muscle! I can not wait to watch him run the test.

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Titan’s First Week at Training

Okay I was going to use this photo for my Wordless Wednesday post but I just can’t wait to share.Learning obedience 6-29-12

This is Dave our good friend and trainer from Dusty Rose K-9 Trainer’s He is starting off with obedience work with Titan because that is the foundation to any sport you wish to pursue with your dog even if it is to be a couch potato Winking smile I received a report from Michelle (that’s my good friend and wife of Dave, also a trainer) that Titan did very well especially with his sits. She laughed when she told me about his downs, said they are more of a plop and roll to the side so they will work on that; oh yes this is hereditary, he gets it from dad LOL. He must do a good down because my plans for him are to get his CD in obedience as well as at least a JH in hunting tests. I hope to be able to go farther but we will see after Dave does an evaluation on Titan and his training progresses. I am looking forward to working with this boy he has a strong will to please and catches on quickly, I may even be able to enter him in an upcoming Working Dog Stake in August…but I won’t get my hopes up just yet he has a way to go for that.

AKC Definitions:

CD

Companion Dog:
The letters CD may be added after a dog’s name when it has been certified by 2 different judges to have received qualifying scores in Novice classes at 3 licensed or member obedience trials. You can read more on AKC obedience here

JH

Junior Hunter:
For a title, dog must receive qualifying scores at 4 licensed or member tests. Below is an excerpt from the Regulations and Guidelines for AKC Hunting Tests for Retrievers that explains in detail junior hunting requirements:

8. CHAPTER 5, SECTION 5.  Junior Hunting Tests.
Dogs shall be tested on a minimum of four single marks,
two on land and two on water. No more than two marks
may be thrown in a series. 
Judges in keeping with simulation of realistic and natural
hunting conditions must remember the use of numerous
decoys, islands, points of land, rolling terrain, cover,
ditch lines, wind direction, etc. are important factors
to consider when designing test scenarios to evaluate
Junior dogs as capable hunting companions.
    (1)  …
    (2)  Dogs shall be steady but may be brought to the
line on leash with a flat buckle collar. The dog is under
judgment when it leaves the holding blind. A Junior
dog that is not under control when brought to the line
(jumping, strongly tugging, etc) even though it is on a
leash shall risk receiving a lower score in trainability
including zero in extreme cases. Dogs may be restrained
gently with a slipcord looped through the flat buckle collar,
or held gently by the flat buckle collar until sent to
retrieve.Notable changes/clarifications made to the description of
the Junior Hunting Test include:  (1) Judges may, at their
discretion, require more than four marks.  (2) No more than
two marks may be thrown in a series. (3) While a Junior
dog is being brought to the line on leash, it is expected that it
be reasonably under control.  If it is not, the dog risks being
scored lower in trainability in accordance to the degree of
its misbehavior.  

So keep watching for updates as the training continues Smile

Too Short!

Training was great as usual last night. There were seven dogs running, one of which was Cheyenne or should I call her “Too Short”!

She picks the bird up great but keeps coming in too short. So last night since she didn’t get the bird all the way back to me I didn’t let her do any water retrieves. The last time I did this it seemed to be very effective for the next training session, she must have figured she better bring it all the way back or no water. We shall see if this strategy works again when we go out to train next week.

Going out for the bird

Looking for the bird

Found the bird

Got it!

Photos courtesy of  Dusty Rose Chesapeakes

Several of the dogs are running a hunt test this weekend, in fact this will be Millet’s and her owner, Rick’s first hunt test. We wish everyone the best of luck and just have fun!