Back to "Actual" Training

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  1. Doc E

    Doc E Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Our hunting seasons ended last weekend (Jan 28), so now we are back to doing some "real" dog training. For the 5 months of our hunting seasons, we only did minimal "tune up training" here at the house.
    Went out to a training area yesterday and set up "Master Level" (HRC Finished) training scenarios (triple marks and two blinds). We were amazed at how good the dogs were. The young dog was slightly sloppy on the blinds, but not bad and of course the old dog (age 9) was still sharp as a tack.
    Although it wasn't real hunting now, the dogs had a ball..
    They love to train.
     
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    That's because they're good dogs, but also it's because you train properly. Even very good retrievers can become dull, bored, or sullen because trainers don't leave anything in it for the dog, as Carr used to say. Anyone who trains on a regular basis should have dogs who react to the triggers of training day with excitement and eagerness. Glad to hear yours still do after all these years! It says a lot for you, Doc! :tu

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    This morning, we asked the dogs, "Wanna go train"?
    WOW ! The excitement was amazing and heart-warming.
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    You'd get the same result asking, "Wanna go to the vets?".... Dogs are funny that way
     
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    You are lucky. I want to go train marks and blinds but its hard, and Cold to train now. We have had a high of 10 F the past few weeks and some has been -20F so will wait a little longer to train.
     

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