Well folks. The goal was accomplished and I am so proud of my girl.
It wasn't all perfect but I made it fun.
I woke up about 6 am and took teal outside to get introduced to the new dog blind. We did an obedience check for a bit to establish her trust in me and respect. Did force work. Then spent about 15 min on "place" dog blind. Put her up to play out back and feed her. Before we left about 9 am we did "place" once more.
Loaded everything up:
First aid bag
Frozen training duck
Headed to the blind which shoot time ends for our club at 1:00. Met my buddy off baseline and got to the blind about 10.
To my surprise the whole club was still there which meant nobody cared about the Patriots vs Broncos and also all the blinds would still be full. Ended up picking a blind which we saw birds working on Wednesday and nobody chose in the morning at pick time.
We loaded up my quad with everything and boy was it tough.
Had me-my buddy-Teal-Dog blind-gun-splasher flasher 2-higdon pulsator 2-backpack- blind bag-3 blind covers.
But we managed and hoofed it down the check. Teal was playing in the water while we were loadin up our backs but once we walked to the check I said "heel" and she never left my knee the whole way.
Got to the blind. Dressed it up. Set the dog blind up. Messed with the decoys and set up the toys.
It wasn't 5 minutes and 2 widgeon were out fluttering around and came right over us. My buddy raised up and shot once and blew feathers then shot again and I heard the shot hit the bird again, but I told him to stop and the bird never fell. So I hucked the frozen mallard I had into the water and she went out and grabbed it and brought it back. I gave her some praise. Only thing was is she broke like a son of a gun. I held onto the lead but the dog blind went with her. After his second shot I let her go and she was off looking for something to fall. That's when I threw the bird. The trainer told me if she breaks don't restrain her unless it is an unsafe break where she is running towards the gunner. Not to harp on the breaking on the first hunt. Later yes.
We sat for a bit and I was trying to get teal to stay in her place and as I was looking over at her I see 3 spoons come in 10 yards and I tell my buddy some broken English because of excitement but basically to shoot and he did and missed. Threw the frozen duck again for her and she got it and brought it back. Gave her some good girls.
Then we saw 2 pintail working and floating around with each other. They were hugging the road side 99 and then might a hard right down our check. Coming straight into my buddy. I told my buddy ash, just relax, pick one bird out, raise up, aim right at the head and shoot. He was using my gun and shells, which he has never used, so I knew if I was talking the shot how I would do it. (Haha we laughed about it after, he said thanks coach, I said anytime son)
I turned around to look at teal and quietly told her sit.....sit....... Ash raise up. Teal jumped up. Ash shot. Hit the bird. Fired once more to hammer it down. I yelled mark. And the bird hit the water. I yelled teal and off she went. The bird was still a bit alive and it didnt stop her. I hopped out of the blind and stood on the check. She fetched that sucker up and I was saying good girl. Here. Hold hold. Hold. And she brought it right to me. Didnt drop it. I said give and she let it go. I gave her a bunch of love and guess what...... The whole thing is on go pro. Hopefully will get it cropped and edited tonight. It has some pretty funny commentary because I was messing with ash. He picked the most difficult of the 2 and to top it off it was the hen. The Drake was right above him.
Anyway thanks again everyone.
I have some work to do:
She keeps wanting to lay on me in the blind and not stay in her place. She will just come over and try to crawl in like a lap dog. I didn't know how strong to be with her but I did nick her after saying place twice with no pressure, I did give pressure once she was not listening. I figured it was okay since she did know what "place" meant. She worked on it at the trainers and we did it that morning. So I felt the pressure was just.
She also is breaking, which I know how to fix with time and training.
She is picking up the decoys when we were throwing them and changing the spread.
Other than those 3 things I feel confident with the foundation I have to work on.