Storm finished her third Junior Hunter leg this weekend, titling three-for-three!
One of the nicest parts of the weekend was a raucous and supportive gallery. People there truly wanted the dogs to succeed, and if dogs can pick up on mental energy, they must have had help from twenty people on the sidelines all whispering, "It's over THERE!" as the dog hunted.

I'm very pleased with Storm's performance - she was steady as a rock (although I kept her on a slip-lead because they're allowed at this level and I'm not foolish enough to risk a break when I don't need to), pinned her marks, made flying water entries, and delivered neatly to hand (my hand).
It was helpful to watch the wild younger dogs and remember all the work we've done that I tend, now, to take for granted. Steady and delivering the bird to hand don't come automatically...
We're pretty much done for the summer now. We'll run a WC in June and maybe another in July... but it's back to the yard to teach handling.

Kate

and Storm, digesting her post-title cheeseburger.
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Storm finished her third Junior Hunter leg this weekend, titling three-for-three!

WTG!! That's so cool! Emotion: smile

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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Storm finished her third Junior Hunter leg this weekend, titling three-for-three!

I'm impressed.
One of the nicest parts of the weekend was a raucous and supportive gallery. People there truly wanted the dogs ... they must have had help from twenty people on the sidelines all whispering, "It's over THERE!" as the dog hunted.

yay! Doesn't that make a lot of difference - bystander attitude.
I'm very pleased with Storm's performance - she was steady as a rock (although I kept her on a slip-lead because they're allowed at this level and I'm not foolish enough to risk a break when I don't need to),

Wise move. That, BTW, is trainer maturity. You aren't pushing just to show off.
pinned her marks, made flying water entries, and delivered neatly to hand (my hand).

Love it.
It was helpful to watch the wild younger dogs and remember all the work we've done that I tend, now, to take for granted. Steady and delivering the bird to hand don't come automatically...

No, they don't. Which is why it is an accomplishment to be proud of.
We're pretty much done for the summer now. We'll run a WC in June and maybe another in July... but it's back to the yard to teach handling.

Good stuff.

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Storm finished her third Junior Hunter leg this weekend, titling three-for-three!

Yay for Storm & Yay for Kate!
Great news!
Shelly & A Silly Black Dog (and a Somewhat Silly Red Dog)
One of the nicest parts of the weekend was a ... sidelines all whispering, "It's over THERE!" as the dog hunted.

yay! Doesn't that make a lot of difference - bystander attitude.

It sure does.
When I went over to the Master Hunter setup to spectate, the crowd there was also supportive and hoping for success, but I think everyone's expectations are so much higher that the beautiful work is taken for granted and the problems are disappointments. At Junior, the crazy is taken for granted, and when things go well, it's marvelous.
There were volunteers having animated discussions (arguing is too strong a word for it) about who got to work on the Junior setup and who "had" to work on the Master setup: because they a) find Junior good entertainment where just about anything can happen and b) they're scoping out the young dogs.

Kate

and Storm JH (damn, that's nice.)
Storm finished her third Junior Hunter leg this weekend, titling three-for-three!

Congrats to both of you!
One of the nicest parts of the weekend was a raucous and supportive gallery. People there truly wanted the dogs to succeed

It *is* nice when you have a supportive audience. I never notice or think about spectators when I'm acutally running (most of the time, I'm barely even aware of the judge), but it does seem to give good energy.
It was helpful to watch the wild younger dogs and remember all the work we've done that I tend, now, to take for granted.

I have an idea of how that is, too. Sort of gives you a reality check... and gives you hope that current "issues", too, will be things of the past one day.
We're pretty much done for the summer now. We'll run a WC in June and maybe another in July... but it's back to the yard to teach handling.

The summer? It's still spring, hereabouts... ;-)
Storm finished her third Junior Hunter leg this weekend, titling three-for-three!

YAY!! Woo Woo!! Atta-girl!! Grreat job!
And I'm sure you did fine, too, Kate ;-)~
Meg (the little golden I am helping train) also finished her JH this week-end in great style, four for four.
But unlike Storm, Meg is NOT steady, nor very far along on handling. You're doing a great job to be over-prepared for the level you are running. Helps the transition a WHOLE lot, as well as not fostering bad habits (ergo, getting trial wise).
and if dogs can pick up on mental energy, they must have had help from twenty people on the sidelines all whispering, "It's over THERE!" as the dog hunted.

Weell, I've been known to get rather mystic about dogs and their telepathic abilities. So, just to make sure, as I stand in the holding blind waiting for the dog in front of me to run, I try to visualize my dog blitzing straight out to the bird. And when they ARE on the way out, I won't look at where I do NOT want them to go (like down the bank or behind that point) but instead keep focused on where I DO want them to go. I figure it can't hurt, huh? ;-)

Used to be a joke in my training circle that my goldens were smarter than I was and that they had trained themselves from watching the Lardy video tapes (which were always playing when one of them came over, and in truth my dogs DO compulsively watch these tapes, what with whistles, sharp clear repition of words they know, gunshots, things falling, dogs running, etc).

So when I was in the holding blind, I used to take a pen and piece of paper and sketch the test for the dog, diagraming out where the pitfalls and obstacles were, etc. and drawing in the straight lines to each bird. LOL! My best buddy would threaten to report me to the AKC for cheating. Would lighten the mood, and keep us from getting nervous.
Storm, digesting her post-title cheeseburger.

HaHaHa! You GO girl!
Congratulations!
Susan Fraser, owned and trained by
BeBop a Lu SheBop SH, Shamma Lamma Ding Dong MH,
Semper Choo Choo Ch'Boogie, and Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya http://mypeoplepc.com/members/chinchuba/AuH2OK9s /
Meg (the little golden I am helping train) also finished her JH this week-end in great style, four for four.

Woohoo back atcha!
Used to be a joke in my training circle that my goldens were smarter than I was and that they ... compulsively watch these tapes, what with whistles, sharp clear repition of words they know, gunshots, things falling, dogs running, etc).

I'm sketching myself a plan for the summer out of Evan Graham's Smartworks series. Do you recommend the Lardy tapes highly enough that I should suck it up and go buy them?
So when I was in the holding blind, I used to take a pen and piece of paper and sketch ... would threaten to report me to the AKC for cheating. Would lighten the mood, and keep us from getting nervous.

I love this image.
I ran the Sunday test sick, sick, sick with the 'flu. I dosed myself hard with Dayquil before going up to the site that morning, and boy: does that ever take the nervous edge off. I've never been so relaxed in a holding blind, ever.
May just put decongestants in the Road Trip Bag as a regular part of the kit :-)

Kate
and Storm JH
Do you recommend the Lardy tapes highly enough that I should suck it up and go buy them?

Geez, hard to answer. When I started, I literally watched a sequence, put it on pause, ran out and did it holding the manual for reference, etc. His yard work, aka "Basics", is considered the "only" method (with credit to Rex Carr and all others who went before) to teach handling and blinds (and honest marks) by almost all field trialers and most hunt test pros.

BUT the tapes are awfully expensive, and he relies heavily on an e-collar. (I forget, are you using a collar? I seem to remember you're not...)

If you know anyone who has the Total Retriever Training series (Basic, Transition, Advanced) by all means borrow them (to watch only, of course ;->) and make sure to get a copy of the companion manual, too. The Marking Series is good, but not as much regarded as the be-all end-all final word in How It's Done as TRT is.
If you don't know anyone who would let you 'look at' them, shop for used copies on www.working-retriever.com in the classifieds. Or ask around at tests to see if you can find someone who has them.
I dosed myself hard with Dayquil before going up to the site that morning, and boy: does that ever take the nervous edge off.

Woah. Not me. Spins me out like caffiene with an attitude. Rapid heartbeat, restlessness, gotta chew on something. NOT the mental alterations I need on a Test day!!
Susan Fraser, owned and trained by
BeBop a Lu SheBop SH, Shamma Lamma Ding Dong MH,
Semper Choo Choo Ch'Boogie, and Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya http://mypeoplepc.com/members/chinchuba/AuH2OK9s /
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