krazybronco2 wrote:started working on single t today by identifying the pile and moving straight back got back to about 70 yards and had to move up to about 50 yards because she was starting to pop (but she took the back cast perfectly) then after a few times running at 50 yards then moved back and finished at around 70 yards and at about that time she started to get really hot (90 degrees) so we called it a day. but she did really well. but i can see this taking a long while only because of the heat.
Sounds like y'all are making good progress krazy.
Try to watch the pops and catch her before she has a chance to fully pop. Yell "back" to keep her moving. If you have to, a back-nick-back might be warranted. You know your dog best.
Some tips for the heat:
Try to train at first light or right at dark.
Get a stake-out and stake her if you see her getting hot. Then, pick up with the training session if she's cool enough to continue.
Freeze a two-liter and toss it down next to her stake or even in her box. My dogs straddle the ice and it helps cool them. Be careful with chewy puppies with the plastic.
Always park in the shade.
Live oak groves are great for cool spots. In my area, we have several parks that have live oak groves that are mown around. The temperature difference under the oaks can be as much as 10 or 15 degrees cooler than out in the sun.
Don't push a session so hard that you burn your dog up. You might only get three retrieves in, but just keep plugging along. In high summer, my training group might only get a double blind in or a short set of marks and that's it. But consistency is the key.
Watch the radar...a storm moving through might lower the temps enough so you can get in extra reps. Of course, be careful with lightening.
Keep your dog lean. Reduce food and keep her athletic. I cut my dogs back in the summer because of reduced need to carry weight to stay warm. You almost want them skin and bones.