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The Spinone combine

The NFL has their combine and last week was my Spinone combine. The guys haven’t pointed a bird since November and haven’t retrieved one since January, so I just wanted to take a look at them before we began our … Continue reading

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Spring training

Friday I braced the guys on several birds and they are doing quite well with honoring. Doc established point with Elettra and Mia honoring. Mia caught a scent of something and went on point, Doc and Elettra honored nicely. Elettra … Continue reading

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Elettra returns to the field

Elettra was so upset at being left out of yesterday’s hunt, that I took her outside and put her on some pigeons. It’s been about two years since the last time she hunted so I wanted to get an idea … Continue reading

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Final training session

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 … Continue reading

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Abbreviated water training

Last Sunday I took Doc and Mia to McTucker ponds in order to get an idea of where they were with water retrieves. I started them out on a couple of plain bumpers which they became bored with after a couple of … Continue reading

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Water retrieves

With my little pond now full of water, it was a good opportunity to take the guys out for a little refresher training on water retrieves. Both the dogs and I were a little rusty on the obedience part of … Continue reading

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Angles

  On Friday I continued Doc and Mia’s retriever work with longer retrieves and angles. My goal with the longer retrieves was to get them out of the habit of retrieving bumpers only within throwing distance, so I took advantage … Continue reading

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