Set Up And Test Dog~FitDog Friday

When you train for hunt test competitions you need to set up your training tests. You need to set up holding blinds (for throwers or remote launchers to hide behind), need to set up blinds (stations set up with just birds to practice handling skills yours and your dogs for blind retrieves) and set up decoys out in the field to distract the dog running. There are many different things you can use to set up a training test and many different ways to set up a training test. Since Nellie is retired from competitions but still hunts she doesn’t get to train with us on a regular basis since my car only holds two dogs so when we are at home training she gets to be the set up dog as well as the test dog because everyone needs a test dog to run first and make sure there are no “bugs” with the test you set up for the other dogs running. If there are now is the time to change the set up.

This day we were setting up blinds at the pond so Nellie got to walk along with carrying her bumper after she retrieved it from me throwing it.

Ok mom throw the bumper already! I will throw the bumper in the pond to give Nellie some swimming exercise which is great exercise for a older dog with joint issues.

She still likes to fly into the water.

Blazing a trail through the pee soup.

Nellie you need to leave the bumper there for the other dogs.

After we set up the blinds at the pond we set up a test in the marsh and Nellie got to be test dog for the live flyer we were shooting during this training test.

Here I go, here I go.

I got it.

 

Since Nellie is 10.5 years old we don’t want her to have to do difficult tests but she still needs to get out there and get some exercise and why not be set up and tests dog because there has to be one and she fits the job perfectly.

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{This Moment} See Beautiful~Successful Hunt Test Season

“The true measure of a man is not what he dreams, but what he aspires to be; a dream is nothing without action. Whether one fails or succeeds is irrelevant; all that matters is that there was motion in his life. That alone affects the world.”
― Mike NortonWhite Mountain

Last Saturday the Sand Spring hunt test season came to a end. Our season began in May and went through the beginning of September. The season is made up of training our two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers Gambler and Glory to compete in AKC – American Kennel Club and UKC – United Kennel Club tests. They are similar but then again so different so you have to train for two different styles. This made for a full summer of many highs and lows as you all may know from following my posts on my blog and on facebook.

This last Saturday I had a major melt down. I went to the hunt test by myself and handled both dogs. It was the last test of the season and I really wanted to get that final Senior Hunter pass on Glory so she could earn her Senior Hunter Title before I breed her this winter. Needless to say Glory was dog one in the group and we failed. Being upset I had to go and handle Gambler now in his test. That didn’t go well either and we failed too. After I was done this is what I posted up on facebook on my Sand Spring Chesapeake page: If success was measured by how many tears were shed this hunt test season I would be a very successful woman. Till next year all it’s hunting time now!

I was feeling a bit sorry for myself and now that some time has passed I have realized that we indeed did have A Successful Hunt Test Season and with that comes See Beautiful!

What is success & failure?

The definition of ‘success’  & ‘failure’ from dictionary.com is:

success
–noun
1.the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
2.the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
3.a successful performance or achievement: The play was an instant success.
4.a person or thing that is successful: She was a great success on the talk show. 

This summer I was chasing the wrong meaning of success. I was chasing the hunt test passes and in the end the hunt test title. I got caught up in wanting to pass a test to “show” that my dogs could do it, that they could pass a test without fails. For some reason I had it in my head that fails were toxic and if people knew my dogs and I failed that we would be marked as failures and people would think less of us. My standards were set so high that when the fails came I didn’t know how to handle them and forgot about the real reason and success I was gaining with my dogs.

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1. an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success:

His effort ended in failure. The campaign was a failure.

2. nonperformance of something due, required, or expected:

a failure to do what one has promised; a failure to appear.

3. a subnormal quantity or quality; an insufficiency:

the failure of crops.

4. deterioration or decay, especially of vigor, strength, etc.:

The failure of her health made retirement necessary.
5. a condition of being bankrupt by reason of insolvency.

6. a becoming insolvent or bankrupt:

the failure of a bank.

                                                                                         7. a person or thing that proves unsuccessful:

He is a failure in his career. The cake is a failure.

It seems for some reason society can’t measure one’s “success” by the deeds one does without gaining an award.

“What is a Title, Really?”

“Not just a brag, Not just a stepping stone to a higher title, “What is a Title, Really?”

“Not just a brag, Not just a stepping stone to a higher title,
Not just an adjunct to competitive scores.”

“A Title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor that
dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in the record and in the memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard. And though the dog himself doesn’t know or care that his achievements have been noted, a Title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.”

“A title says your dog was intelligent, and adaptable, and good-
natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that
please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.”

“And a Title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend
time with him because he was a good dog, and that you believed in him enough to give him yet another chance when he failed (or you did), and that in the end your faith was justified.”

“A Title proves that your dog inspired you to have the special
relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable
creatures, this dog with a Title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in
return.”

“And when that dear short life is over, the Title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of praise in one small set of initials before or after the name.”

“A Title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received permanently.”

Author Unknown

I think everyone competing in an event should read this article: The Art of Losing

JoAnn’s definition of a Successful Hunt Test Season:

– Time spent with your dog(s)

– Time spent with your family and friend(s)

– Lessons learned

– All the See Beautiful moments that come your way

Things JoAnn has to remember:

– Rome wasn’t built in a day

– If someone thinks less of me and my dog for failing they can pound sand and are no friends of mine

– I am a novice trainer and handler

– Gambler is my first dog that *I* trained & handled by *myself*

– The end of last year was the first time I ran a Senior test

– This year was the first time I ran a Master test

– These kinds of tests are by no means a walk in the park and when I win the more accomplished I will feel that I did it alone just me and my dog

– Chesapeakes are not machines and need more than one day of training to run tests

– Gambler and I succeeded in passing one UKC Finished test this year

– Gambler, Glory and I received our CGC (Canine Good Citizen) & TT (Temperment Test) certificates

– Glory received her UKC HRC Hunting Retriever Title

– Glory received three out of four AKC Senior Hunter passes

– Gambler was the #1 Chesapeake in the UKC Top Ten Dog and Breed Standings for two years in a row

– My dogs don’t think any less of me when we fail, they think more of me for getting out there and training, running tests and doing what they were bred to do

– Win or loss their emotions are always the same, they lick my face, wag their tail and let me know they still love me

“Your passion is measured by the difference between your willingness to take actions and your desire to quit. When your desire to quit outweighs your willingness to persist, you are ripe for failure!”
― Israelmore AyivorThe Great Hand Book of Quotes

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Tuesday’s Hunt Test Blues

This weekend the G team had another hunt test event they got to go to. This one wasn’t too far from home and both dogs had great judges so we were excited to go to this event. We thought for sure Glory would title this day. We couldn’t of been more wrong!

We started out stopping at the Senior test and John ran Glory. The first series was a land double with a blind. It was straight forward test except the blind was run into the wind so some dogs were having trouble with that. Dogs don’t like to me pushed into the wind. They use there nose and the wind to their advantage but don’t ask me why they don’t like to me pushed into it. Glory did great on the whole test, she got called back to run water.

Waiting to start the test.

Is it my turn yet?

The walk up.

And we’re off!

Still hauling ass.

Lookie what I got.

Here I come.

My second retrieve.

Happy campers.

It all went to hell on water. It was a water double with a really big swim on one of the marks. When Glory was released she ran off, jumped in the water and went completely under, she came up shook her head and then came back to John on land. He stopped her and casted her back to the bird. She remembered then what she was suppose to be doing and got the bird. She came back and went for bird number two, she had no problems with that one. It was near the shore so of course she ran the shore back. You don’t fail from doing that but they frown on it. Next up was the channel blind. We thought this would be no problem because we just trained for channel blinds on Friday. This channel blind was different though, instead of having the bird at the end of the channel and it being a straight line down the middle of the channel it was placed off to the side on shore 3/4 the way down there. Glory had a good line and had to be handled a couple of times then she got out to the spot and she wouldn’t take a over cast to go to the shore, she kept heading back to the end of the channel. She had numerous cast refusals and the judge told John he failed. I tell you, you can’t train for every situation. You just never know what they are going to set up and know what the weather conditions are. We have one finally chance to get that title this next weekend.

Gambler had a handler error moment and this fail was my fault. It was a straight forward triple with the flyer landing to the side of a couple of hills. He got the go bird and I lined him up for the flyer and he took off, ran over it, hunted the area and hunted, hunted hunted, he was leaving the area heading back to the bird he already got and I stopped him and tried to handle him to the mark. He blew me off as he was in hunting mode and wasn’t going to give up. I called him in. Afterwards the judge (whom I know) told me I should of left him hunt. I shouldn’t of tried to handle him and let them decide how he is doing. Learning experience and a costly one. Gambler too has one more chance to finally get that Master hunter pass this next weekend.

 

 

Wordless Wednesday~The Mini Chessie

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Nothing But Norman #38

Happy Saturday Everyone!

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I found out this week that one of Norman’s daughters out of his 2011 litter with Fatty earned her AKC Master Hunter title. Punkin is Gambler’s sister, they are 34 months of age. They will be turning 3 this coming May so this is quite the accomplishment for a young dog. Gambler will be training and entering his first Master Hunter test this summer. Punkin also became a UKC HRC Upland Hunter this winter so her new registered name is HRCH UH Hilltop’s Stealing Cinderella MH. What exciting news for the Sand Spring breeding program. This makes me really proud.

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I am so blessed to have friends with different editing programs then I have. I posted up on Thursday that a blog friend made a reflection photo out of one of my photos. Another friend spilled the beans that she had the same program so she made this one of Norman for me. It is so beautiful. Thank you Nichole.

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Now on to our Sepia Saturday post hosted by Ruckus The Eskie!

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Norman with his Master Hunter ribbons.

Norman with his Master Hunter ribbons.

 

“What is a Title, Really?”

“Not just a brag, Not just a stepping stone to a higher title,
Not just an adjunct to competitive scores.”

“A Title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor that
dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in the record and in the memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard. And though the dog himself doesn’t know or care that his achievements have been noted, a Title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.”

“A title says your dog was intelligent, and adaptable, and good-
natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that
please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.”

“And a Title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend
time with him because he was a good dog, and that you believed in him enough to give him yet another chance when he failed (or you did), and that in the end your faith was justified.”

“A Title proves that your dog inspired you to have the special
relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable
creatures, this dog with a Title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in
return.”

“And when that dear short life is over, the Title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of praise in one small set of initials before or after the name.”

“A Title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received permanently.”

———-Author Unknown———-

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FitDog Friday~Pheasants For Marks

First off to our host at FitDog Friday Blog Hop:

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This past weekend we decided to use all our pheasants we had left in the pen. This time we didn’t let the dogs hunt’em up like they did all winter (which is what pheasant hunting is about). This time we set up a mock hunt test and used the pheasants as live flyers. Once again John was out in the field shooting a double with the pheasants, there was a blind set up also. I was handling the gang. All three dogs got to have some training.

Nellie was first:

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Second was Glory:

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Third was Gambler:

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They all did very well. I was super happy with Gambler as he had his double then John shot a single which I let go as a poison bird (he was told no bird and wasn’t able to pick up that bird) and ran a blind, after the blind then he went back and picked up the mark.

Whatcha doing Gman?

Whatcha doing Gman?

You got a feather in your mouth.

You got a feather in your mouth.

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We had a great training day. If the weather would just say nice and warm so we can continue getting some training in for the upcoming hunt tests.

Stop back tomorrow to find out what one of Norman’s daughters accomplished.

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Sand Spring Chesapeakes is joining the Pet Parade also this week!

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Hosted by: Rascal and RoccoJan’s Funny FarmBasil the Bionic CatBarking From The Bayou and Love Is Being Owned By A Husky.

Here is what Love Is Being Owned By A Husky (Jenna along with Melissa from Barking From The Bayou are the new co-hosts)  says about the hop: So please feel free to link up and party with us! 
Parade you fav pet photo’s , stories , ANYTHING you want! The only rule is . . . .
There are no rules!
And that’s the way we like it! Who needs rules at a party anyhow?
BUT it is always a good idea to link back to your hosts, and maybe even give them a follow!

Also, this hop consists mostly of kitties , there are a couple doggies that are involved, but the majority are kitties, so one of the reasons Melissa and are now co hosting is to let you all know that this hop is DOG FURIENDLY as well!  

Follow-up Friday

We are joining Jodi at Heart Like A Dog for Follow-Up Friday.

Welcome to this week’s edition of Follow-Up Friday, the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.

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Co-Hostessing this week is the funny Flea from Jones Natural Chews. Hop on over and see who she is dishing treats out to.

Black And White Sunday

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Miss Nellie

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Miss Glory

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Mr. Norman

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Mr. Gambler

Monday Norman Mischief

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G & G Accomplishments

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Tuesday’s Tails

Charlie

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Wordless Wednesday~A Stick

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Norman loves sticks and roots. He will pull and tug on roots in the water just so he can break off a piece for you to throw for him.

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Norman says “give me that stick, I love sticks”!

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Nom, Nom, Nom I love sticks!

Jackpot

Thanks again blog friends for all the great stuff you gave a-way or had for a contest.

Here are the out take photos.

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Hmmm, who left this bag of yummy Zuke’s treats sitting here?

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I don’t think anyone is watching, so I will just help myself.

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Making my get away.

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Thanks for the Zuke’s Sugar!

This ‘N That Thursday

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Here was my favorite picture from our lake visit on Wednesday that I didn’t post up yesterday. Isn’t she a beauty?

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NORMAN WOULD LIKE YOU TO VOTE FOR HIS PICTURE TO BE IN THE 2ND ANNUAL DOGS OF BLOGVILLE CALENDAR! ONLY THIS WEEKEND LEFT TO VOTE!

Ok more like mom would like you to vote. You can follow the link below, scroll way down to the bottom and click on Norman: Sand Spring Chesapeakes. You can vote once a day until next Sunday. The 12 pictures with the most votes get to be in the 2014 calendar. Then you can order a calender when they come out and the proceeds will go to help Benny The Frenchie.

Vote here

Have a great and safe weekend.

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