Therapy work and pasture play

Elvis had his first elevator ride yesterday while doing therapy work at the rehab center. He didn’t know what to make of the floor when we began moving, but did very well and was treated with a large hot dog afterwards.

Doc follows Mia along the ditch bank, just moments before they flush a rooster Pheasant.

Doc follows Mia along the ditch bank, just moments before they flush a rooster Pheasant.

Working with Doc on the Whoa command, in the pasture and off lead. A big step forward from training indoor training.

Working with Doc on the Whoa command, in the pasture and off lead. A big step forward from training indoor training.

I gave the guys some free time in the pasture yesterday afternoon, and Mia and Doc got on a Pheasant. They flushed a rooster while hunting the ditch bank and I was happy to see both steady to wing, holding steady until I released them. Since Doc has been doing so well with the “whoa” command in the house, I wanted to see how he did out in the pasture – and off lead to boot. He did a great job, and I think it helped that Mia was with him. In any case, either on or off lead, he’s holding his “whoa” longer – perhaps a minute or so.

Elvis and Sophie got the next shot at running the pasture and Elvis briefly went on point where the Pheasant had flushed, before deciding that the bird was gone.

Elettra and Dakota were last, and Elettra did it the easy way by pointing the birds in my loft.

Elvis following his nose under the fence.

Elvis following his nose under the fence.

Elvis looking for the Pheasant that Mia and Doc flushed earlier

Elvis looking for the Pheasant that Mia and Doc flushed earlier

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6 Responses to “Therapy work and pasture play”

  1. Shirley A Bauer Says:

    I sure like seeing your training pictures Robert and especially with Doc in them.. ;)

  2. 2 brown dawgs blog (@2browndawgsblog) Says:

    Our dogs get to ride in an elevator on occasion when we go to hunt tests and stay on the upper floors in hotels. They never seem to now what to make of them.

    The dogs sure looked like they had a good time in the field.

    One question…Is that a barbed wire fence? Are you worried about the dogs crawling trough and around it?

  3. jenniesisler Says:

    I really like Elettra’s plan – just go with what you know will work and simplify. I think we could take a lot of lessons in life from dogs…they seem to know all the secrets to staying happy.

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