Saturday, June 27, 2009

It's an honor

Our training today had to do with the amazing dog behavior of "honoring."

Sandy (our trainer Joe's dog) in on point, having found a bird. Bailey is "honoring" Sandy's point by not moving. We had them hold this postition for about four minutes. Neither moved a muscle until Joe flushed the bird. It amazing to watch dogs practicing this. In field trials this is mandatory for dogs to honor each other's points. Our youngest daughter practiced ballet for years and field trial training reminds me of the hours of practice to "get it just right."

Joe is one great trainer. I'm glad to be working with such a master.

The field was almost ready for harvest with rye grass. It was three feet high. Great Saturday morning. Bailey found and retrieved all three birds in the deep, tall grass.

He is turning out to be quite the hunter.

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