Happy Easter

Sand Spring Chesapeakes would like to wish all our friends in Blogville a very Happy Easter!

Glory Learning Blind Work

Glory is going to be 16 months old come April 4th. She is doing single marks really well so John has started training her for force to the pile which will be her beginning work for learning how to run blinds. Blind retrieves are eventually going to be a retrieve of a bumper or a duck that she has not seen put out and she will then need to be handled to the blind by using hand signals and whistle stops. That is a whole other day of drills and training. By teaching her how to run to the pile John put out a green bucket (so it was easily seen in the snow) put bumpers by the pail, Glory got to watch all this so she knows where the bumpers are. He then lines her up about 20 feet from the bucket and tells her “Back”. Since she knows where the bumpers are she runs to them. He repeats  this several times so that she learns when he lines her up and says back that she runs in a straight line until she gets to a bumper to bring back. John only does this drill 10 times a day so she doesn’t get board with it. He then throws some fun bumpers to keep her interested and happy so she will want to learn more.

This ‘N That Thursday

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Today we join our friends at the 2 Brown Dawgs blog for This ‘N That Thursday.
“This ‘N That Thursday is for those times when you want to post about unrelated topics or each topic isn’t quite long enough to make up a whole post. It can be anything you want, so feel free to grab the button and join us!”

Today for This ‘N That Thursday I have a collection of photos that I took while training a bit last weekend. I wanted to work on some water blinds with Gambler so we had to go train below the dam where there is open water. There isn’t very much open water here as it is still cold and ice on the lakes. Gambler did very well with his blind. Glory did very well with her marks.

Glory clearing the ice out of the way.

Glory clearing the ice out of the way.

John having help putting out decoys.

John having help putting out decoys.

Gambler stealing a bumper.

Gambler stealing a bumper.

I think I need to grab that decoy.

I think I need to grab that decoy.

I have a cling on.

I have a cling on.

I have a monkey on my back..oh no it's just a decoy.

I have a monkey on my back..oh no it’s just a decoy.

I can get up on this ice no problem!

I can get up on this ice no problem!

Wordless Wednesday ~Birds Flying High

Hey sis, look up there.

Hey sis, look up there.

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Mr. Mink

On our walk the other day we were gracious to be able to see Mr. Mink playing on the bank of the river. He was bouncing all around the bank then he decided he would like to take a swim to the other side of the river. John said it was a male mink because of it’s size. He didn’t seem bothered that we were there and that the 2 dogs were running amuck.