I took Storm out to her first HRC hunt this weekend.

Saturday was a fine day and all went like clockwork, and, silly me, I got cocky.
Sunday, we had to run the water first, because the tide was quickly removing the water from the area. Storm picked up the first mark like a dream, but became distracted on the second one and went back to hunting the area of the first fall. No Pass. :-(
We moved to the land. HRC lets you stay in the game, even if you've been dropped, which is nice. I decided to make the best of the rest of the day, and chose to run her steady. (They don't have to be in Started, but when you're already out... why not? We didn't have anything to lose if she broke.)
She was the rockest-steadiest dawg you ever did see. She went for the first mark like a bullet, pinned it, and brought it straight back to heel. Off she went for the second mark - you could see skid marks in the cover from when she turned to pounce on the bird and bring it back.

I puffed up my chest a little and said, "Heel." Nice and quiet-like. She cantered in and sat neatly at heel. The judge's heel. Judge Dave was shaking and trying not to laugh. I cleared my throat a little. Storm looked up and realized that Dave was not me... you should have seen the look on that dog's face. Then she up and trotted over and sat down beside me and presented me with a duck.
The gallery went nuts.
If you're going to fail Started, you might as well do it with style :-)

Kate

and Storm the FCR
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LOL what a day! Better luck next time.

Kristen and
Kali CDX, CGC, TDIA, TT
www.kristenandkali.com
How funny! What a good girl!
Debbie
If you're going to fail Started, you might as well do it with style

That's what we do in agility, at least some of us - once we make a mistake, we *go* for it (having lots of fun in the process). It's those runs that make the best impression on the gallery.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
If you're going to fail Started, you might as well do it with style

That's what we do in agility, at least some of us - once we make a mistake, we *go* for it (having lots of fun in the process). It's those runs that make the best impression on the gallery.

On the whole, it was a good weekend, and that last delivery took most of the sting out of the missed water mark.
The judge on Saturday knew Storm when she was just getting going and was really rough around the edges. Craig thought I'd acquired a new dog - she has improved that much.
Friends have come out of the woodwork, offering to throw tons and tons of marks for her at the Ponds this week. The Community Theory is that I've spent too much time on handling work and have let her marking skills slide. Since we're just running Junior and Started this spring, we can turn down the handling work for a little while and get her looking sharp on the marks again.
Kate

and Storm the Distractable
On the whole, it was a good weekend, and that last delivery took most of the sting out of the missed water mark.

Heh. All it takes is one good run (not necessarily perfect) to fix a whole bunch of bad ones.
The judge on Saturday knew Storm when she was just getting going and was really rough around the edges. Craig thought I'd acquired a new dog - she has improved that much.

It sounds like you're at the same point with Storm as I am with Friday. Ever since I've made a reallyreally conscious effort to stop overhandling him, we've improved to the point that a few people I really respect have remarked on it. The side effect is that we're getting fewer Qs, but that's short-term pain for long-term gain.
Friends have come out of the woodwork, offering to throw tons and tons of marks for her at the Ponds this week.

Did you ever get that bumper back? The one I threw before you found that the ice was too thick for Storm to navigate.
The Community Theory is that I've spent too much time on handling work and have let her marking skills slide. ... we can turn down the handling work for a little while and get her looking sharp on the marks again.

I have no idea what the above means, but it sounds good to me!

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
KWBrown said in rec.pets.dogs.behavior: Did you ever get that bumper back? The one I threw before you found that the ice was too thick for Storm to navigate.

Yep. A field trial guy picked it up that afternoon and called me. It was delivered to my door...
The Community Theory is that I've spent too much time ... while and get her looking sharp on the marks again.

I have no idea what the above means, but it sounds good to me!

Sorry: I forgot I was speaking a different language. Would you like me to parse Field-Speak for you?
"Handling Work" - the art of directing a dog toward a bird/bumper it did not see thrown. Requires many many drills to teach the dog to sit on a whistle and look at the handler, and then run in the direction it is pointed (back, over, come in) until it A) steps on the bird or B) is stopped for another direction. Also requires that we teach the dog to run in a straight line in the direction it is pointed - do not pass go, do not collect $200.
"Junior and Started" - Early levels of hunt test work. Do not include any handling - the dog sees all the birds go down in relatively simple scenarios.
"Turn down the handling" - less focus on the problems that we aren't going to be faced with in the next month and more on the work of picking up thrown marks.
"Marks" Birds/bumpers that fly through the air.
Kate

and Storm the FCR
and Storm the Distractable

NOO - say it isn't true! ;-D
Sounds like she had FUN!
Franklin started agility class on Monday. He definitely had fun. He was a whiz at target touching, but we hadn't done ladder work in a lonng time, and he was "too food motivated". Um - yeah - that's why I tell all those folks that I try not to use food!
toningn him down will always be the challenge
Janet Boss
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I puffed up my chest a little and said, "Heel." Nice and quiet-like. She cantered in and sat neatly at ... duck. The gallery went nuts. If you're going to fail Started, you might as well do it with style :-)

Great story. That's the kind you want to paste in your memory book.

Diane Blackman
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