Final tuneup

I’m going to be handling Doc, Mia and Elettra in next week’s double-double hunt tests, so this weekend was their final tuneup. Testing three dogs in two days will certainly keep me busy, so hopefully the bracings will be favorable.

Mia on point

Mia on point

Friday we worked on retrieving but was interrupted when Mia went on point. Perhaps she caught wind of the local partridge, or maybe even the pair of geese that have been checking out the pasture.

Elettra and Doc honors Mia

Elettra and Doc honors Mia

In any case, I sent Doc and Elettra out to honor her which Doc did nicely but I had to “whoa” Elettra to honor.

Elettra on point

Elettra on point

Saturday it was back to pointing and with Elettra, retrieving as well. I set a bird in my homemade launcher for Elettra and she did a very nice job of pointing.

Elettra retrieving a pigeon

Elettra retrieving a pigeon

For Elettra’s second bird, I carded a pigeon to give her a retrieve. Elettra has always refused to retrieve a bumper even with wings attached, and in Friday’s retrieving drills, even refused to retrieve bird wings. But give her a real bird and she’s almost flawless.

Elettra on point with Mia and Doc honoring

Elettra on point with Mia and Doc honoring

For the third bird, I put a pigeon in my launcher and braced Mia, Elettra and Doc. Elettra established point and both Doc and Mia did an excellent job of honoring.

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2 Responses to Final tuneup

  1. Best of luck on your testing. With three dogs you will be busy!

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