- 120-yard blind (Laddie)
- 160-120-yard double-blind (Lumi)
- Fetch game with canvas dummy since I didn't bring ducks (Laddie)
- Senior land series (Lumi)
- Senior land blind (Lumi)
- Senior land honor (Lumi)
- Junior land series (Laddie)
- Junior water series (Laddie)
- #2 (go bird): 60 yards, thrown right to left, into thick cover, with a small pond and the blind planter's holding blind to the left, small trees and the thrower's holding blind to the right, the fall for #1 further to the right, and a large pond behind
- #1 (memory bird): 40 yards, thrown right to left into thick cover, with the #2 thrower's blind to the left, woods and the #1 thrower's holding blind to the right, and a large pond behind
On #1, Lumi ran past the fall to the pond, so I handled her. She did not handle well at first, slipping a couple of whistles and refusing casts (going the wrong way), but soon she did come under control and handled the last WSCs well, finding the bird and delivering it nicely.
I virtually never handle Lumi on marks, first because she is an outstanding marker and rarely needs help, and second because in those rare instances, I'd rather have the thrower help her to reinforce the ideas that the gun station provides a useful clue to where the fall is and that the thrower is her friend. Because running the memory bird in this series bore little resemblance to the handling situations we have practiced so much, I was not surprised that Lumi did not handle well at first, and was pleased when, after a few refusals, did begin to respond well.
Lumi Hunting on the Double. Given Lumi's skillful marking, including her excellent marking at last weekend's tests, it's somewhat surprising that she had difficulty on today's land double. Although it had quite a few distracting factors, I attribute at least some of her difficulty to our high concentration on handling work the last few weeks. Alice explained to me that often, when you concentrate on handling with a dog, her marking deteriorates. Alice attributes this to the dog losing some of her focus, as she's also thinking, "Will Daddy blow the whistle?" When I've discussed this with others, they've also said that the dog loses some confidence, or becomes somewhat dependent on the handling. Since Lumi didn't pop or even respond at first when help was offered, I'd say Alice's explanation explains the data points better in this case.
Senior Land Blind. Although Lumi did not pass the land series, the judges were kind enough to allow Lumi to run the blind:
- 60-yard blind (duck), 30° to the left of #2 of the land series, through open area at first, then into lightly wooded area
Senior Land Honor. Since Lumi had not passed the land series, the judges requested that Lumi honor the next dog on lead. Lumi watched with interest but made no attempt to break. I attribute that to some combination of three reasons:
- No flyers at this Hunt Test.
- Lumi was on lead.
- We had practiced honoring flyers with a clipwing duck twice last week.
Junior Land Series. Two singles, left to right within 90°:
- #1: 60 yards, thrown left to right into thick cover, a large cluster of goose decoys mid-way on the line to the fall
- #2: 70 yards, thrown right to left into thick cover, same cluster of goose decoys to get thru
Junior Water Series. Two singles, left to right within 90°:
- #1: 30 yards, thrown left to right into clear water, with thick bed of lily pads on first 10 yards of swim to the fall
- #2: 60 yards, thrown right to left into clear water, with same thick bed of lily pads on first 10 yards of swim
Test Statistics. The statistics on the Junior test:
- 40 entries
- 38 dogs ran
- 24 dogs passed the land series
- 22 dogs passed the water series and qualified