Arizona had her first field lesson of the season and it went GREAT!!
We have been working all winter on her ‘hold’ and on ‘delivering to hand,’ but we have not done any work with ducks since the fall.
There were about eight dogs, including Arizona and Canyon, who came to class. There were: 2 flat-coated retrievers, 3 duck tolling retrievers, a lab and our 2 golden retrievers.
Canyon was our muscle. We didn’t know how driven Ari would be to retrieve ducks, so we brought Canyon to encourage her. They are very competitive with one another, so he does a great job of motivating her to cooperate.
Since there were several new dogs, Susie had them all start by retrieving a bumper from a short distance. Arizona was all over this!!
The dogs then had to retrieve a bumper from a farther distance. “No problem!” says Ari.
Finally, Susie got out the ducks and had us all practice with our own dog.
I worked with Arizona, while Huib tossed the duck from a variety of distances. Arizona was freaking awesome!! Other than me fumbling and dropping one duck, she handed every single one to me.
After several tosses, we put Ari into her crate and got out Canyon. With his seizures he cannot do any of the water work, so he loves when we let him play.
Unfortunately, he was a bit of a pain in my butt and instead of handing me the duck, he’d come close, then turn and lie down to start mouthing it – bad boy!! I guess we need to work on this.
If this is any indication of how Arizona will do in field this year…I’m getting pretty excited.