Monday, August 10, 2009

Hills, Points, and an LWLWL


With temps in the mid-to-high 90s, we did mostly water work today, but we started with a double land blind while it was still a little cooler, and we ended with a land blind to give Lumi and Laddie a chance to dry off a little before the drive home.

SERIES A. Double land blind (Laddie, then Lumi)

The first blind (pheasant) was to the right at 90 yards. The line to the blind was across a slope the whole way. The second blind (chukar marked with LP) was 90° to the left at 100 yards. The line to the blind was down a slope, 15 yards thru a marshy strip with high cover, thru a slanted keyhole formed by two trees, across an area of shorter cover, and into another 15-yard marshy strip again with high cover.

No slipped whistles, good pickups.

SERIES B. Double water blind (Laddie, then Lumi)

The first blind (chukar) was to the left at 30 yards, half land, half water, diagonally across a channel. The second blind (chukar) was 90° to the right at 60 yards. The line to the second blind was an angle entry, a 40-yard swim with a stretch of land 6' from the dog on the right most of the way, and a point on the left narrowing the channel at 40 yards. The blind was 10 yards inland from water's edge.

Both dogs started to put their shoulder down when they got to the blind on the right, but when I called "get up, get up," both stood back up and completed the retrieve nicely.

SERIES C. Water blind (Laddie, then Lumi)

Series C was a 70-yard water blind (chukar), including an angle entry and exit, a 35-yard swim diagonally across the channel, and the bird planted 10 yards back from water's edge.

Laddie started to put his shoulder down, stopped when I called "get up, get up," and completed the retrieve nicely. Lumi did even better, and didn't even start to roll.

SERIES D. Water blind (Laddie, then Lumi)

Although I've been running the dogs mostly on easy water retrieves lately, I thought I'd run them on one that was a bit more challenging to wrap up today's water work. Series D was a 140-yard LWLWL blind (chukar), with the line as follows:
  • Angle entry
  • 70-yard swim
  • Across a peninsula
  • 30-yard swim with dog not visible from the SL
  • Uphill to the blind
Both dogs did a great job. Neither made any attempt to roll at the blind, and neither dropped the bird on the point during the return, either.

SERIES E. Land blind (Laddie, then Lumi)

Series E was a 70-yard blind to a chukar marked with an LP. The line to the blind was across a steep slope the whole way, with a wide keyhole formed by a mulch mound and a tree at 50 yards.

I guess the LP made it too easy, since both dogs lined it. But I still think crossing that steep hillside without getting sucked uphill or downhill was good practice. Another image for their picture album, as Jody Baker might express it.

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