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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:29 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Day time temperatures are creeping up - I cannot do cement work in the middle of the day as it dries out to quickly.  

The van is again with a garage - this time a Renault garage and the estimate is 2500 euro.  Thus the total repairs with the cost of returning it to the UK to sell == the value of the van  Crying or Very sad  so we have decided to keep it and register it in France.  I am not sure we really have the work for a sedond vehicle but it seems pointless to sell it fo no gain.  Have to put it down as a cost of moving here.

Catja is now in full seasons colours and topaz is taking it badly this time, with fewer doors and rooms than in the UK management of the boys and girls is not as easy as it was.  

Training wise Tansy is getting very keen on woodland retrieving, however has a weakness around thick cover retrieves, not that she doesn't do thick cover when hunting but has several times found her dummy and only made a few half hearted attempts to get it out of deep brambles should it have fallen in.    Likewise retrieves from deep puddles seem to turn her off - a bit like her mother who used not like getting her fur wet, but once wet you couldn't keep her out of the water.  The local river is still running a bit to strongly for safe water retrieves.

Tubbs - his recall is getting better and better, but still not good enough I fear and certainly a deer or rabbit would keep his attention  Rolling Eyes  His retrieves in woodland are coming on, marks nicely nice soft mouth but has a habit of halfway back dropping it to investigate something of his own choosing.  Not sure how to tackle that one.  I have tried taking Fresco out with me but I don't think that is helping Fresco or providing any incentive to Tubbs, it just means I can get my dummy back without to much hassle.

Social whirl of a weekend coming up.  Apero with neighbours tonight, a musical soiree with another neighbour tomorrow (Stravinsky's Rite of Spring with food and wine) and lunch here with friends from England.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to catch up with your news as always, Guy.  Sounds like you and Julia have settled into your new life very well - and who wouldn't if the pictures on Facebook are anything to go by?

guy wrote:
Tubbs - his recall is getting better and better, but still not good enough I fear and certainly a deer or rabbit would keep his attention  Rolling Eyes  His retrieves in woodland are coming on, marks nicely nice soft mouth but has a habit of halfway back dropping it to investigate something of his own choosing.  Not sure how to tackle that one.  I have tried taking Fresco out with me but I don't think that is helping Fresco or providing any incentive to Tubbs, it just means I can get my dummy back without to much hassle.


We had a similar issue with Jean when he was younger - he would go out to the dummy and pick it up but then find something more interesting on his way back.  The trainer suggested that as he came back towards us to watch him closely and, as soon as he dropped it or looked as though he was going to investigate something else, to walk away from him.  This had the effect of making him more focused and 'business-like' about the retrieve.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Guy, I've much the same thoughts as Clare on the retrieve recalls among woodlands. The instant the dog has the dummy , move away from the dog ....fast ! Call excitedly if that helps. Anything that puts a sense of urgency into the dog .....or maybe makes it think it's getting left behind is good.

I learnt long ago NOT to throw dummies into brambles for dogs that clearly don't really want to go in. Let "real game" pull a dog into brambles.....it works far better for increasing the willingness to enter than any dummy plus encouragement from you can do. Dogs have to really love retrieving dummies ...or be cover freaks like spaniels to actually enjoy entering brambles.

Thought you might like to know that Libby is thoroughly enjoying her new life with a much more active owner. I get fairly regular report on her "doings" out training and working for the gun and with a hawk. She got too frisky with the hawk and is now much more respectful !

I'm not doing well at all health wise.....sometimes I only manage about 50 yards ! I went back in time and bought my first lab pup for about 40 years, 3 weeks back in order to have "an easier life" and to try to keep going picking - up. I can train labs in a public park with a blindfold on with one hand and feed chickens at the same time ! Laughing

I greatly miss having Libby here, she was and is a terrific wee bitch.....a credit to your breeding. I also miss, more than I can say, watching her scorch over the hills looking for game and finding and pointing it.

Best wishes to you in your new home.

Bill T.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The musical soiree was awesome.  One of those moments in life that will be referred back to as a benchmark.   The music - particularly the Stravinsky filled the room we were in and took over the soul.

Retrieves - the bramble throw was a result of my in ability - but then proved a test to the dog.  I have tried the move away trick with the idea the dog has to choose between abandoning the dummy but they invariably choose to come to me and leave the dummy.  Whereas Fresco (Libby's sister by a different mating will not give up on the retrieve)  

The dropping thing - I will try the advice and report back.
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

guy wrote:

A third (and last for the moment) is his categorisation of responses to a simple traffic light system.  The colours are linked to heart rate.  The green light is the resting stage and red marks the time when the dog is hard on point.   Dogs in the green zone are going to pay more attention to you than those in the red.  Quite how he has measured heartbeat  i don't know - and adrenaline levels might be more suitable - but to keep the idea simple the more focussed a dog is on its own activity the less chance you have of communicating with it.


But is it not his focus that we want...?  Smile


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