- Series A, B, C. Water series (both dogs)
- Series D. Continued work on toolkit Tools #8 and #9 (Laddie)
For Lumi's set-ups today, I used the following structure:
- Lumi watches as gunshot is fired and white dummy is thrown on relatively challenging land/water mark
- I send Lumi in a different direction to retrieve a blind
- I send Lumi to retrieve the mark thrown earlier
For Series A and B, the blinds were orange dummies set at relatively short distances with no water crossings nor other significant factors. Neither was marked, but both were in front of a prominent tree.
For Series C, the mark (a white dummy) was on land beyond a channel crossing, while the line to the blind (a duck) was thru a ditch containing plants, floating branches, and additional underwater debris, the kind of water crossing Lumi is fearful of. For the blind, Lumi did a nice job of entering the water and completing the crossing to the bird with no need for additional prompting after the initial Back cue, and showed courage in persevering after feeling herself attacked by a branch that moved when she stepped on it in the water. After picking up the bird, Lumi climbed to the top of the embankment with the clear intent of running around the end of the ditch to complete the retrieve, but responded well when I cued her to return back thru the ditch.
On the mark for Series C, Lumi required only one cue to complete the retrieve correctly, a whistle-sit-cast (WSC) into the water when I thought she was beginning to cheat around the channel on the send out. As she was sitting, I realized that she may have been intending to enter the water anyway, but in any case, she responded well to my cue to do so. She then remained clear of the land on both sides of the channel the rest of the way out and all the way back in without additional cueing.
Here's a video of Lumi's Series C:
Laddie had several LWL retrieves today's three series. The retrieves included singles and doubles, and white dummies thrown by Eric as well as poorman marks thrown by me, sometimes a dummy, sometimes a duck.
Series C, for example, was a poorman double with Eric videotaping:
- #1 (thrown first, retrieved last): Dummy thrown across wide channel into grass tall enough to hide the dummy
- #2 (thrown second, retrieved first): Duck thrown across a ditch
Here's a video of Laddie's Series C, showing his progress on LWL retrieves. Unfortunately, the camera angle prevents seeing Laddie on the WSC, but his head is just visible above the crest as he sits and then takes the cast:
Series D. Today Laddie completed four more repetitions of swimming from one lining pole to the other across the area we're using as a swim-by pond at Cheltenham. As on previous days, we alternated back and forth right to left and left to right, two reps in each direction.
Today Laddie showed improved understanding of the left lining pole as the destination for his right to left reps, and continued to respond on his left to right reps to prompts to divert away from me and toward the right lining pole. His execution of the actual tools we were working on, Over-LTW-W and Over-WTL-W, remained excellent.