Friday’s training began with a bang when Mia, followed by Elettra, treed the neighbor’s cat up the power pole. Once the cat was safely out of the way, they got back to the business of bird hunting and then on to retriever training. Using bird wings taken from this years’ hunting, I duct taped two wings to a bumper. Since all our nice white snow is quickly turning to mud, I worked with the guys early while the ground was still frozen.
Honoring points and retrieves are mandatory for Senior Hunt tests, and while Mia seems to do well with honoring points, honoring retrieves are a different story and if I decide to enter her in any Senior Hunt tests, it’s something we’ll have to work on. Although my two little huntresses were rusty with honoring retrieves, it only took a couple of throws for them to catch on and after that they did quite well. Saturday morning I started Mia on doubles.
Sophie and Dakota were up next and both did well with honoring, although I had to keep a close eye on Dakota to prevent her from breaking.
Finally it was the boys turn but here we worked on pointing, using one of my wing-wrapped bumpers. Doc did very well on point, and Elvis did a great job of honoring him which was something I hadn’t really expected. With Elvis showing signs of maturing as a hunter, it looks like I’ll be spending more time focusing on his training.