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After the last spaniel field training my pelvis has been a bit upset. Those who know my hsitory knows that it broke down totally some years ago ant that I ended up in a wheelchair for some years. It´s much more stable than it was back tna, but the uneven grounds during spaniel training, har made all the pain exploding again. I´m not back in the chair, but I´m not able to walk long or run a single step at the moment. Sacrobelt back on and balancing on the edge is the situation at the moment. So no I´m not able to do what I could just two months ago, and blogging is not a priority. Dog training is, but the long walks are Martins buiness and I´m bound to the neighbour hood. Long drives in car doesn´t work and anything that takes concentration and sitting down.
So I´ll try to sum this week up quickly. Martin is at and education with the kennel Club during this weekend. Martin took Edda for a pheasant hunt, which worked just fine until she found the tracks of a rå deer... Well one couldn´t blame her, it was quite spearse with birds as it was wet and late in the afternoon. We have moved the dog run to the other side fo the garden and puit up new fencing, as neither Edda och Iza noticed the fence we had earlier that as a sport to jump it.
Becca has been concentrating on sending out, calling in, sending out and has gained quite some speed in that work. We have been dointg retrieves on a line with both 3-4 dummies, and just plain obedience work. To day we tried "uppletande" searching for things in a 10*10 meter square witch is filled with human scents and blind retrieves. Okay, she has lost her nose, brain and was focused on finding birds, in the litle wooden area beind our house, not what I had planned. But w´ll do it more easy and in a fenced area next time - so that she will not be able to search all the neighbourhood in a 500*500 area... Out is quite some distance in her her obviously.
Iza is out of season now. We did noting new and backed of very much for the 13 days she was "occupied with other things in her mind", and on day 14 she walked up to me and said:
-Hello there, it is time to strat working again. She has grown quite a bit mentally during this time and has gotten bored with our easy retrieves. Lines, blind retrieves are to easy. We can do things like sending forward and then left or right. We are going to continue our work there so that we can do out, left, out, right. So the "uppletande" was a great difference by her opinion. She qickly notice the area of the square and worked through it slowly and carefully. She found all the retrieves and brought them in. The second time she gained more speed. She will have great fun with this fore some time and we will have to make the square larger next time, and probably add other obedience parts in to like sit, lay down, jump and given directions to keep her mind busy.
Edda and her retrieving has made so much progress that we did a "uppletande" with her to. In a fenced area with out distraction. She did 14 retrieves, and if she drops one to early I can ask her "appport" and she will pick it up and hand it over. She can still be very sloppy in her handing over, but compared to what it has been earlier when she ran off in the opposite direction - she is very, very neat. If she runs of, one can just say a calm, no no, and ask her to come in and she does so. Such a progress! Someone is going to have great fun with that dog, who is still undecided but with in twoo weeks we will know.
The quail has gotten 6 new babies and we have been practicing do not touch the hen indoors as usual, but not together as they have such a difference in progress there. Iza and Edda relax so fast, and Becca is so focused on the bird in it self - but when she is relaxed she can do work Edda can not and shall not, and vise versa. So we are splitting them up for that training from now on. Edda and Becca did some bird training on their own, the magpies had stolen some suet balls a few days ago, and well lets say that it made them easy target and that the young one was not vise enough to get away, but was retrieved over and over again by those two four legged girls. Iza, well she brought the gossip to me about their project...
We´ve decided not to take Becca to Stockholm, as I will not be able to do the trip fysically and Edda and Iza are too young to enter. We will enter them all to Gothenburgh and My Dog instead. Tomorrow is field training if the weather is good, the bird shall be able to fly for it to be a good session, and if it is too damp and cold they will not do that. On Wensday they will start to tare our basement down, every single wall and floor will have to go. An experience I do not wish anybody to have to go through.
We have talked about this for some time now, but the weather, darkness and time has not been to our favour. Until now ☺️ #PatoucheMirabelle #KennelPatouche #EpagneulBreton #BrittanySpaniel #KennelGoldflames
I don't know if it's a success or a failure, but she seems to trade or sell everything she can carry for a meatball or sausage 😅😜
Som sagt, har man lyckats med apporteringen eller fallerat helt när hunden kommer in med allt som går att bära i huset för att köpa köttbullar eller korv? 😅😜
Hm här var det tänkt att det skulle ligga två filmer från vår fältträning, men det ville sig inte riktigt så det får bli två länkar till filmerna.
It was supposed to be two films of our dogs in field training, but that did not work out, so here are two links to the films instead!
..We have been thinking about this a lot and for quite some time now...
Edda is looking for a new home, a "half ovner/ half co owner or in Swedish "halvfodervärd", someone who will show her and let her enjoy those things she appreciate in life.
The reason is that first of all Cicci has a rough time just walking in spaniel grounds so we are focusing on the pointing dogs. Second even from the very beginning Edda preferred rabbit to birds.
She is a gorgeous girl, with an easy going attitude, not afraid of anything, doesn't mind shooting and screaming children and loves attention. She loves a ride in the car, can be left alone and doesn't mind being in the kennel/run. She has flushed pheasants, but prefer hair game. And yes she just soaks up the attention in the showring!!
Do you know the perfect home where she can do all that she loves? We intend to have a litter out of her in the future if every thing works out, but this doesn't mean that we have to be the first to breed her, so if you are looking for a great bitch for breeding she might be your choice. Please feel free to contact us and give us all the questions you can come up with!
Vi har funderat på detta mycket och ganska länge nu...
Och vi har kommit fram till att Edda söker ett nytt hem, en "halvfodervärd ", någon som kommer att visa henne och låta henne njuta av de saker hon uppskattar i livet. Anledningen är att framförallt att Cicci har en tufft bara att försöka gå i spanielmarker, så vi fokuserar på stående fågelhundar. Redan från början visade Edda att hon föredrog kanin och hårvilt framför för fågel.
Hon är en otroligt vacker tös, med en lättsam attityd, inte rädd för någonting, oberörd av skott och skrikande barn & älskar uppmärksamhet. Hon älskar en tur i bilen, kan vara ensam och inte har något emot att vara i kenneln/hundgård. Hon har stött ett antal fasaner, men föredrar hårvilt. Och ja hon bara suger åt sig av uppmärksamheten i utställningsringen och showar järnet!!!
Vet du det perfekta hemmet där hon kan göra allt som hon älskar? Vi har för avsikt att ha en kull av henne i framtiden om allt fungerar som det ska, men det betyder inte att vi måste ha första kullen på henne, så om du letar efter en bra tik för avel hon kan vara helt rätt hund!
Tveka inte att kontakta oss och ge oss alla frågor du kan komma med! firstname.lastname@example.org eller Martin.email@example.com
To all of you that has not been able to be around us the last 10 years or are new to us, these details will explain some things that might seem odd:
1) Robyn and Cicci is one person, she is named Robyn Cecilia Birgitta and goes by what ever you like to call her, or use a whistle it's the thing that works best!
2) Robyn/Cicci has two illnesses, out of being a nerd, speaking from her heart and being too straight forward: an instability in her pelvis (all joints) and chronic pain. (And she doesn't have a drivers license either...) And she was in a wheelchair for some years when we were not able to dog-lifestyle🐶
3) The choice to go over to pointing dogs from spaniel is based on that problem and a keen interest in expanding our knowledge...
4) Our daughters are still allergic, but though Leontine was tested positive for 42 of 45 subjects, dogs has never been on the allergy list for neither her or Tilde. Eggs, rice, almonds, nuts are banned and so are mice, cows, fox and cats. Leontine ha a very strict diet, and if we had evaluated ourselves in a breeding system, bit Martin and Cicci should have been put in the corner and not used if there was a choice 🙈🤓😉
5)We don't mind talking about it, it's totally okay to ask!
We had such a blast this weekend when we went training wit Becca and Iza for Birger Knutsson and Tommy Andersson. Becca has had a tendency to
1) go back in the ground to spots where she has scented game.
2) when not scenting them she has gone wild when the birds fly.
3) She can be almost death, blind and unstoppable in periods, and our history in spaniels makes us very concerned about these issues.
But with two experienced men putting their heads together and giving us advice and sharing their experiences, we now know that she:
a) needs a lot of experience, but her enormous interest in game compensates a lot.
b) she actually both hear and see, but is too busy thinking some time. (She can be a bit "blonde" 😜)
c) We need to help her to not overthink and to let go of the picture she has in her head, by moving her to a new spot in the field.
d) always remember that pointing dogs learn for life and are not re educational as a spaniel... Things you would never allow a spaniel to do might be okay with a pointer, as you can never make it go back to the things you ban them from. Like it's okay to walk after a bird a bit, because if you use the hand break too hard, you will make it hesitate when it comes to rising the birds. You have to ignore a lot and praise the good action, we will have to use shades a lot more 😎
When we train spaniels in reviering, we work from the side lines and in. As they have a tendency to stretch the boundaries all the time, that makes them keep in contact and under the gun. These two vide men told us to let go, call for contact and as soon as you have eye contact push forward. So that eye contact means - keep hunting, a positive and uplifting command.
And they opened our minds to another possibility, working in a straight line forward with only three signals. Out, stop and come back. If you move in a line and turn to the left and then to the right, you will cover the ground in exactly the pace and width you like that way. Totally worth keeping in mind and making the retrieving much more simple...
Iza then? Well she showed us that she can keep the same pace as Becca! That little thing can run sooooo fast. That we need to keep up our obedience work and continue to work in longer and longer distances between the dog and the trainer. And that if there are no birds she hunt 🐭, and that I shall ignore that or move her forward in a leash as we will not shoot any mice she will give that part up naturally. The same thing with the swallows 🐦
The plan now is to go back as many times we can before the partridge season is over 🤓🤓🤓
Edda did her first real work in the field yesterday. We thought it might help her in her training to do the real thing. She differs so much from the Springers we've been working with earlier, she is more of a cocker, if I should have an opinion in the matter. So she did a great work to start with and after about 20 minutes we came upon furst 3 birds, she walked after a few steps but nothing major. And in the next second the field exploded and about 30 birds took of. She couldn't see them though as we were deep into the raspberries and so were they. After another 20 minutes we came upon 3 more that she flushed and that time she took of for a trip of her own... Than I flushed one or more like it, stepped of its tail so It could fly! I was more than surprised as we've been standing there for some time. She got to work for another 20 minutes after that but we couldn't trace the birds. But these are wild pheasants and take off up into the trees most of the time so it's not that easy. Summoning it up we found that she naturally needs more obedience training but she really needed this and will need more of this too. She went down in energy fast and didn't gear up after the huge amount of game took of which took us all by surprise. So we'll definitely do it all over again on Monday or Tuesday.
Iza is quite pleased with the new adding in Our kitchen, as it's not just comfortable it also gives an easy access to the table and the window 🙈😜😇
Well it´s a bit less sore today, my throat that is, as Becca actually had her "hearing aids" on this afternoon ;)
Well all of us write here, both humans and dogs ;) At least that was the plan but it seems it´s mostly me Robyn who´s attached to the keyboard...