Today was the last picnic of the year for one of my retriever clubs. So they ran it by the book except for allowing training aids if you wanted. Was a very challenging but fair test I thought. And only the strong survived. Of course we had our 30 mph winds again. (weird weather) and a hunting retriever needs to work in any conditions. The first land mark was 80 yards into some grassy cover,
she had a bit of a rough time on it with the wind but stayed in the area and got it. The live flyer at 120 she nailed with style same with the third one just hit it perfect. They allowed 3 birds if you wanted.
Then the water setup got many dogs. 1st off a hill into water over a grassy island and up more water 20 yards back on land. had to run through decoys on the second water entry. The little lady just shined, straight run to the bird and back to heal waiting on the next bird.The next 2 were straight forward, Down the hill off the mat across 40 yards of runnable water onto land 40 more yards.
She nailed them again with perfect handoffs. I walked off the mat a proud papa.
One of two juniors that made the grade today.
With a Dog...You never hunt alone.