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      First Pheasant Flier

      We had a splendid club training day. We had several new guys and dogs there. Everyone was in a good mood. Even the Bureau of Reclamation person was there and watched the whole day. Had never seen retriever work. We cleaned a ton of crap and junk off the public lands we use. It was just a good day.

      The set-up consisted of a walk-up bird thrown into the water to the left, a pheasant flier on the right, and a long water mark down the middle... followed by a long land blind off the hip pocket of the long bird, and honor. We did not do the walk up. (I thought the flier was enough to fry Rocket Dog's brain.)

      I gotta tell you... the girl did a really good job. She jumped ahead of me a little on the long water mark, was steady on the flier (it was "out of order", i.e., flier first) but made no move to break. Once the birds were down and I got my number, I told her to heel and she jumped back into place. She hammered both birds and they were tough marks. Did a credible blind (I gave an angle back that should have been an over, but we recovered.) Was she quiet? I guess she is squeeking a little bit, but in a frequency that is tough for me to hear, and she didn't get sent until she was quiet and still. And she managed the honor, though she wanted so badly to get up.

      A friend videotaped us. I guess she has had difficulty sending the file to me. But if we can get the technology to work, there should be a record of it. We'll see if the tape jives with my memory of the whole thing. If it is the way I recall, I'd give us a B+.

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      Good job!!! You both have come a very long way!

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      Well... I don't know if this will work. Technology is hard for us oldsters. If I did it right, maybe this link will show you the video. I don't know if the audio is there. If it is, you'll hear a dog whining and yipping. It is the dog in the holding blind... not Rocket Dog. I came out of the holding blind and had no idea where the line was. The "judge" had to tell me to move forward. So, if it works, you can watch our work here. Don't tell me if my butt is too big or my hair is too nasty.

      Branna 4 29 17 - YouTube

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      Looking good!

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      That is a hell of a dog you have got there. Vic

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      Quote Originally Posted by ZEKESMAN View Post
      That is a hell of a dog you have got there. Vic
      Thanks! But it's been HELL getting her steady! Folks on the board here have been really helpful.

      -holding-blind-gun-jpg

      Here is what we're doing prior to the HT. It's much more for me than for her.

      Dinner time... divide chow into two portions. Put on ground with good separation, about 30 feet from the "line". We heel out of the blind. I tell her to sit... pick up the gun... tell her sit again, signal for the "birds" shoulder the gun moving it left to right or vice versa such that she has to follow the barrel... wait and take a breath, put whistle in mouth, hand down, 1-1000, 2-1000, 3-1000... send her.

      I have to get this down or I will screw it up.

      BUT... I will also, reheel her back to the blind once or twice so she knows not every trip to the line is about what she wants.

      So, anyhow... that's what we'll be doing AM and PM today, tomorrow and Wednesday. I hope my neighbors don't look out their windows at 0600 and see an old woman in pajamas with bed hair doing this with her dog.

      Oh, the "shot gun" in the picture is not. It is a beautiful Quaker gun that a friend made me because he knew I needed a lot of help practicing gun safety.

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