Our Saturday morning training session was cancelled due to the heavy rains that we’ve been getting over the past couple of weeks, which turned the access road and fields into a muddy mess. But that hasn’t stopped my training altogether and I’ve spent a couple of evenings this past week working on tips and suggestions that my trainer has given me.
We oftentimes receive refresher training and the dogs are no different, and at the advice of my trainer, I’ve taken the guys back a couple of steps to the waist cord and e-collar as a refresher to firm up their steadiness. It’s not much more than refining their steadiness, as Mia has a tendency to initially honor and then break off after a minute or so; Doc has started creeping while on point, so that’s where his work is.
I’ve also been working with Elvis, who hunts well but has never been interested in training. He enjoys tracking and hunting over pointing and retrieving, and has been complimented on how well he runs the field so that’s what I emphasize. In doing so, I’ve found his motivation and he’s beginning to steady up while on point.