Blinds With Decoys And Hay Bales

Gambler and Glory’s downfall at hunt tests have been blinds. So we have been trying to run more blinds to have them become better at them. Gamblers downfall with blinds is that the mark is thrown one way and the blind is run under the arc of the mark so there is so much scent out there on the way to the blind. He gets hung up in the scent and will hunt on his own by the thrown bird station and then will ignore the handler. So we set up blinds with ducks sitting in a pen behind a hay bale on the way out to the blind, we also put out decoys on each side of the blind line to have distractions out there. This is more advance training then Glory will see in her Senior level test but one day she will be running these blinds so why not start training now?

Glory in a whistle sit.

Right hand back.

Whistle sit.

Left hand back.

Almost there.

Got it!

Heading back.

Here I am!

Gambler taking off.

Full steam ahead.

Got to the blind in record time.

Heading back.

Lining up to go again.

We continue to train as much as we can. We are getting ready for a up coming test with Glory this coming weekend. She will be running in a AKC Senior test. Gambler has off until the following weekend where he will be running in a UKC Finished test.

Monday Mischief~Solvit Bag Takes A Lickin Cuz Of The Jones Chews

Solvit Bag Takes A Lickin Cuz Of The Jones Chews

Mischief???? Not me?????

As you may know I work out of town on Monday and Tuesdays. I come home Tuesday nights and Wednesdays are one of my day’s off. Now after the gang has been kenneled for 2 days while we’re away working by Wednesday Gambler is wound tight (as most of my mischief stuff happens on Wednesday’s) he also knows Wednesday’s are for hunt test training. I was having one of those mornings…..when I had so much going on in my head I forgot what I was doing and once again  the mischief happened.

I didn’t leave my Solvit bag here.

I was packing up my stuff to go train, talking on the phone walked out the house with all my bags (all four of them) when I realized I needed to go back in the house and draw a picture of last weekend test so I can so the training group. I set my 4 bags down on the high porch chairs and table that are on my deck and went back inside to draw the picture. I was still talking on the phone, drawing the picture and headed back outside. I walked across the lawn and saw……….guess who……..standing over my Solvit bag with stuff pulled out of it! My friend proceeded to listen to me scream at GAMBLER!

Stuff pulled out through the side opening.

The Solvit bag holds dog treats, my video camera, my camera and it’s extra lens as well as other dog items. The item near the top of my photo is my video camera, the item in the middle is a poop bag the item in the front is my extra camera lens. Everything was covered in cut grass, it was a mess.

What a mess.

Now what might make a dog go stark raving mad and pull this heavy bag off of the table carry it to the middle of the lawn and rip stuff out of it to get to the good stuff…..the good stuff being Jones Natural Chews knee caps! Yup that’s right my gang loves Jones Knee Caps! Gambler loves them so much he thought he should help himself since I was tied up doing 5 things at once.

Jones Natural Chews knee caps are nummy! They make dogs go stark raving mad!

Now I must say, that Solvit bag is built Gambler tough on the outside. I was really cringing when I saw what he did, I thought he wrecked my nice bag. At first inspection it looked like nothing happened to it. I then opened it up and there was one little puncture hole in the lining of the flap and he tore the inside liner a bit. It could of been much worse and those things I can fit. The outside is made of some really rugged material.

The rip in the lining.

Good as new.

I took a broom to the outside of the bag and got all the grass off, I had to get all the grass off my camera and the other stuff that was in the bag. Have a slight repair to do but all in all this is one Gambler tough bag!

Thanks Solvit for making a rugged bag and thank you Jones for making tasty treats.

On a side note….poor Gambler didn’t get a knee cap that day nor has he gotten one yet. And like a dummy the knee caps are still in that bag and the bag is sitting on a chair in the house. Gambler did this all before he was a Canine Good Citizen so now that he passed his test I recon he won’t be getting into anymore mischief…..what do you all think? Should I not hold my breath??????

I’m a Canine Good Citizen now, I don’t do mischief.

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Black And White Sunday~The G-Team Did It

If you saw my Nothing But Norman #53 post yesterday you knew I was taking The G-Team to a Canine Good Citizen test at Canine Solutions LLC.

The Canine Good Citizen test shows responsible ownership as well as showing basic manners for your dog.

Taken from the AKC website, this is what Gambler and Glory were tested on.

Training/Testing: CGC Test Items

Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. We believe that responsible dog ownership is a key part of the CGC concept and by signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog’s health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others.

After signing the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge, owners and their dogs are ready to take the CGC Test. Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include:

Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger

This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness.

Test 2: Sitting politely for petting

This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. With the dog sitting at the handler’s side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.

Test 3: Appearance and grooming

This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner’s care, concern and sense of responsibility. The evaluator inspects the dog to determine if it is clean and groomed. The dog must appear to be in healthy condition (i.e., proper weight, clean, healthy and alert). The handler should supply the comb or brush commonly used on the dog. The evaluator then softly combs or brushes the dog, and in a natural manner, lightly examines the ears and gently picks up each front foot. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination, and the handler may talk to the dog, praise it and give encouragement throughout.

Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)

This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler. The dog’s position should leave no doubt that the dog is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler’s movements and changes of direction. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. The evaluator may use a pre-plotted course or may direct the handler/dog team by issuing instructions or commands. In either case, there should be a right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may talk to the dog along the way, praise the dog, or give commands in a normal tone of voice. The handler may sit the dog at the halts if desired.

Test 5: Walking through a crowd

This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.

Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place

This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler’s commands to sit and down and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay. Prior to this test, the dog’s leash is replaced with a line 20 feet long. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to get the dog to sit and then down. The evaluator must determine if the dog has responded to the handler’s commands. The handler may not force the dog into position but may touch the dog to offer gentle guidance. When instructed by the evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the line, turns and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change position) until the evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog. The dog may be released from the front or the side.

Test 7: Coming when called

This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The handler may use encouragement to get the dog to come. Handlers may choose to tell dogs to “stay” or “wait” or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog.

Test 8: Reaction to another dog

This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or its handler.

Test 9: Reaction to distraction

This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. The evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane. The dog may express natural interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness, or bark. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise.

Test 10: Supervised separation

This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, “Would you like me to watch your dog?” and then take hold of the dog’s leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, “there, there, it’s alright”).

Equipment

All tests must be performed on leash. For collars, dogs should wear well-fitting buckle or slip collars made of leather, fabric, or chain. Special training collars such as pinch collars, head halters, and electronic collars are not permitted in the CGC test.

As of November 4, 2010, body harnesses may be used in the CGC test. The evaluator should check to make sure the harness is not of a type that completely restricts the dog’s movement such that it could not pull or jump up if it tried.

We recognize that special training collars such as head collars and no-jump harnesses may be very useful tools for beginning dog trainers, however, we feel that dogs are ready to take the CGC test at the point at which they are transitioned to equipment that allows the evaluator to see that the dog has been trained.

The evaluator supplies a 20-foot lead for the test. The owner/handler should bring the dog’s brush or comb to the test.

Encouragement

Owners/handlers may use praise and encouragement throughout the test. The owner may pet the dog between exercises. Food and treats are not permitted during testing, nor is the use of toys, squeaky toys, etc. to get the dog to do something. We recognize that food and toys may provide valuable reinforcement or encouragement during the training process but these items should not be used during the test.

Failures – Dismissals

Any dog that eliminates during testing must be marked failed. The only exception to this rule is that elimination is allowable in test Item 10, but only when test Item 10 is held outdoors.

Any dog that growls, snaps, bites, attacks, or attempts to attack a person or another dog is not a good citizen and must be dismissed from the test.

And now for the results……………………….

G & G passed!

Glory was first testing. She did great on everything up until her grandfather came out in her. I put her in a sit stay, walked away from her and then started walking back to her and when I got two steps from her she got up took a step and went into a three point stretch. The instructor asked me to do it again and said that I can continually talk to my dog. I told her I didn’t think I could so I didn’t it. When I could tell Glory to stay more than once she stayed until I came back to her.

Gambler was next. He did great also until the down part of the test. We had a crash course on learning down (he doesn’t know it too well) this morning and I felt he was doing it really well. So when I put him in a down he rolled over onto his back and started scrubbing his back waving his nads in the air. Norman came out on him with that move as Norman was always clowning around like that. When we met another dog Gambler wanted to play and was very interested in the dog but passed that part of the test. I really had my doubts as you all know how the testing has been turning out for us so I was super excited to have them both pass.

Come August the same training facility (this is also who we do our therapy work through) is having a American Temperament Test Society test that we will be going to.

Of course the photo bomber had to make a appearance.

Can you see the bomber?

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Nothing But Norman #53

Happy Saturday All!

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Today I will be taking Norman’s son Gambler and Granddaughter Glory to a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test. Back in the day I took Norman to a CGC test when they were having one at work. I didn’t attend the classes I just went on test day because I had a big head and knew I didn’t need no stinkin classes, that Norman was the best Canine Citizen so I just knew he would pass with flying colors. He did 9 out of 10 tests he needed to pass. The one he failed on was #6 Sit and down on command and Staying in place.

I can sit and stay just fine.

When I put Norman in the sit stay and turned my back from him and walked away he got up and followed me. So he did not pass his CGC but in my mind he was always the best Canine Good Citizen!

How can you sit and stay away from your mom when you have a bond like we did?

My Best Friend

© Geraldine
Best friends are angels,
That God sent along.
They always stay beside you,
Whenever things go wrong.I’m glad that God blessed me,
With a good friend such as you.
A person to be there,
A person to get me through.

Never turn away from me,
I can’t bear to be apart.
All the pain and suffering,
Will be too much for my heart.

You are my best friend,
The one that brightens my day.
The one that cheers me up,
The one that’s here to stay.

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/my-best-friend-15#ixzz37unpqflx
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FitDog Friday~#K9Kamp And A Star Drill

For our last week of #K9Kamp our backyard fitness was the Sand Spring gang doing the star drill. The star drill is a drill used for handling retrievers. It is 5 posts set up in a star formation and then you put bumpers by each post. You have the dog by your side and you line the dog up to the post you would like them to go to and you send them at that direction. If they are going to the wrong post you handle them by blowing your whistle and making them sit then you give them a hand signal and get them going in the right direction. You can then have them pick up a bumper and as they are coming back you can blow the whistle and make them sit with the bumper in their mouth and you can give them a hand signal and send them to another post. This keeps you in control and teaches them that they have to listen to you when you are handling them.

Here is the set up.

See the 5 posts in a star formation?

Glory was first up.

Glory heading out to the post.

Glory getting the bumper.

Running back to me.

Sitting waiting for a left hand over cast to the bumpers.

Almost there.

Gamblers turn.

Gambler heading out.

Almost to the bumper pile.

Heading back to me.

Waiting for his hand signal.

Right hand back to the pile.

Sitting by the pile. It’s a good idea to make them sit by pile before they pick one up to keep control so they listen to you when by the pile.

Grabbing the bumper.

Heading back.

Of course we couldn’t have our backyard fitness fun with out the help of the Kat Counselor.

Wonder what game they are playing now.

Yikes I better get out of here.

The SS gang had a great three weeks at Kamp thank you to our host for another fun Kamp!

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Thursday Barks And Bytes~Beaks And Toes

The Barks:

Last week I went to Sandy’s house early to run blinds with G & G. After we were done we still had some time to kill before training started so I threw some fun bumpers. The sun was just right so when the dogs were swimming in I could see their legs paddling and thought I needed to get a picture of their feet under the water. Since I was aiming for their feet I got some nose pictures. Here are some of the pictures…..Beaks And Toes

The Bytes:

Questions & Answers:

SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy) Asked in reference to Monday Mischief~Fallen Closet :

Loved the video….what happened in the end? Did he find it? You made three shots and he retrieved three birds, so what was the last one? Just an extra he was supposed to find at your direction?

Gambler had to retrieve 3 marks that he saw go down. He jumped in the water three times and went in different directions to go get the marks. The forth time he jumped in the water and when you hear whistle blows he is swimming towards his “blind” which happens to be next to the first bird he went and picked up. Before he dashes into the cat tails he is sitting and you can see a little orange ribbon to the left behind him and that is where the “blind” is. He took a wrong cast and got behind the cat tails and then starting hunting on his own and stopped listening to my whistle. 

easyweimaraner Asked:

Hope the mosquitos were not at home that time :o) btw: who has to remove the ducks in the water after the end of the test?

The mosquitos were not out this day, thank gosh. But we did learn this past weekend if you want to keep gnats away just wear vanilla. Vanilla body spray isn’t as sticky as pure cooking vanilla but hey when your in a bind and Walmart is sold out of the body spray you go for the cooking stuff. As for the ducks if a dog doesn’t pick up a duck and it is in a area that the person can’t reach without getting wet they get a “pick up dog” to go get the duck otherwise they have a canoe. The ducks in the water were decoys so they grab them also at the end of the test. 

Other news:

Thank you so much Hawk over at Browndog CBR for giving the Sand Spring gang his Shine On Award. We needed this, because some days we just don’t feel like shinning on but now we can look at this great award and Shine On!

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Most awards come  with rules!…

 

1.) Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you. Thank you Hawk!

 

2.) Acknowledge that blogger on your blog, and link back. Done

 

3.) Share 7 random things about yourself… ok here goes.

1. I am claustrophobicwhen we would go elk hunting in the mountains and I had to sleep in my mummy sleeping bag after a couple of nights I would freak out because such a close space. 

2. I don’t much like the dark when outside either. When getting up early to go out deer hunting I would wait by the edge of the woods before going in because I don’t like the noises and the boogie man.

3. I can’t stand driving. I would rather ride and read, paracord, be on computer instead of driving.

4. Even know I am a Vet Tech I used to work at a butcher shop and at at taxidermist shop.

5. I’m thinking about chopping my hair right off. I used to have really short hair and thinking about doing that again.

6. For once we don’t have a hunt test this weekend so not such what we are going to do with all our time, we don’t have extra time ever so this is gonna be a hard one….oh that’s right finish building the pheasant pen we started.

7. My favorite soap opera is Days Of Our Lives and have been watching it since I was a wee little girl. 

 

4.) Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the Shine On award, provide a link to their blog in your post, and notify them on their blog. Being a rebel here again, go ahead and grab this Award and Shine On if you haven’t gotten it already.

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Wordless Wednesday~The SS Gang

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