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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Progress, yes!

I got up early to beat the heat and headed to my field trainer's place to work the girls. Noodle's turn was first - it is so weird how she is over there. Anywhere else we train, she is off running and ranging out hunting, but at my trainer's place she stays super close to me...almost as if she is afraid to make a mistake.

She did really well for me this morning, and we ended with 4 CLEAN retrieves to my hand! That area is slowly improving. I am excited, we should be ready to test for senior hunter this fall...YESSSSS!

Mp class="norm">Even Pizza did well today. She blew it and chased the first bird, but we corrected her and got her back under control and it appears she actually learned something, and did a really nice job of holding (for her!) the next few birds. It was definitely a step in the right direction.

I feel like I haven't taken photos of Dolphin in a while, so I grabbed my good camera and did some random photos of him when he was out playing with Pizza today. He is just so stinking cute...and I see more of Pretzel in him every day. It makes my heart sing!

I finally got a photo of Dolphin on point! He has his daddy's style!

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

I love dog friendly stores!

Today was a busy day. Yesterday I had done some training with Pizza at home and she was so uncooperative, it was frustrating and I felt like the world's worst dog trainer. Today in class, she did really well for me and I was pretty happy with how she was progressing. Go figure! Noodle also had class today and she was stellar! Very accurate, driven, and focused. Keep it going, girlie...don't break my heart this weekend, please!

Even though the stupid pandemic is not only continuing, but also getting worse, I still need to get Dolphin out and about to socialize him. Tonight we took him to Lowe's to do some shopping with us. He was a bit intimidated at first, but soon gained confidence and trotted all over the place. He really walks so nicely on a leash, not a bit of pulling. I wonder how long that will last? I seem to have one major failing as a dog trainer, and that is teaching my dogs not to pull on leash. I expect this pup will be no different eventually. I am going to try and get him to a few more places over the next week, especially big, loud indoor places like Lowe's.

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Friday, June 3, 2020

Progress is a beautiful thing

Today I was very lethargic and unmotivated. Not sure why, but I had a hard time getting myself energized to do anything. By evening I managed to get my head together and do a short bit of training with the pups. I first took Pizza out and worked a little 2x2 weaves, and also the lowered teeter. It was pretty hot, she had about as much energy as I did, but did OK.

I brought Dolphin out and decided to work on our hind end targeting (2 on 2 off) on the plank. I have done two other short sessions with him, but I don't think he was grasping the idea of what i wanted. Today, the lightbulb went on! It was really cool to see him using his brain and figuring things out...and the best part was that I got the whole thing on video. It will be fun to look back on these videos when he is older. I wish I had done more training videos with Pretzel and Noodle.

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