Saturday was probably our final training session for the year, as bird season begins in another month and I’ll be focusing on conditioning.
Saturday’s training session included our collection of Drahthaars, English pointer and setter, Labs and Spinone. The temperature was cooler than the previous week’s training and with a cloud cover and nice breeze, it was nice and comfortable.
The dogs enjoyed it and were running big. Mia did very well with searching, pointing and honoring her brace mate.
Doc did very well with his search, point and honor, however he wasn’t steady-to-wing on the first two birds. Unlike last week when he was nice and steady, he broke and chased down when they were flushed; the good side of it was that he retrieved each one nicely. However we put an e-collar on him and set it to a low setting that was no more than a mild vibration.
Using the e-collar tone and low setting steadied him nicely, and he was awarded with a retrieve. It’s a balancing act between pointing and retrieving, and retrieving is their reward for being steady on point and honoring. Although I’ve never force-fetched any of my dogs, Doc and Mia do an excellent job of retrieving to hand.