Monday, 22 December 2014

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

2014 Training Group


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Whiskey Creek Precious Mettle WC, JH

At the Regina Retriever Club Hunt test on July 6, 2014 Nugget qualified for the 3rd leg and final leg of her Junior Hunt title.  Judges were Danielle G and Grant Wasniuk.
Nugget got her mojo back after having difficulty with shore running in Brandon she came to the water marks confidently and left from a slippery mound.  Both back to back singles were executed in fine form with Nugget going straight as an arrow and returning the same from the marks.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Nuggs new cart

Yesterday Nugget got to take her freshly painted cart for a spin at the Draft Workshop hosted by Wascana Dog Obedience Club.  We started with a short spin around the trails with no weight, by the end of the session Nugg hauled 30lbs along the trails with ease.  She is a lot more relaxed pulling now.  I don't think 40lbs will be to tough to work up to for her, she can use some work on her turns and backing up.  She understands hike and does pretty well with easy and whoa.  She does pretty good going up hills, but could use more control on coming down.  Now to work on the obedience parts in preparation for the test in September.

Monday, 7 July 2014

CBRCC Hunt Test 2014

Tim and Nugg with their ribbons
On July 5 & 6 the CBRCC held a Hunt Test in Innisfail, AB.  Nugget ran in the Junior test both days and qualified.
Nugget on water Sunday

Junior Chesapeake qualifiers. Nugget and Visa

Friday, 23 May 2014

Nugg & bird work.

We don't always get to work with birds, so when we do it really gets the dogs into the game.  Here is a clip of Nugg doing a short retrieve through the ditch.  The bird she picked up is a big mallard and it was no small task carrying it through cover and the ditch.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Retreiver training @ sunset

Tonight was a perfect night for retriever training, no wind, no mosquitoes and a beautiful sunset.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Spring training 2014

Today's temperatures provided an opportunity to get outside, shake the cob webs off and do a little retrieving.  This video is of Nugget's 1st marks of 2014.  In places the snow was knee deep and even though we picked places for the marks to land that weren't too deep, the bumpers were torpedoing under the snow making it hard for the dogs to find and impossible for us to see.  For the young dogs we placed an orange bumper where the mark was supposed to fall.  You can see in the video the orange bumper laying above the snow and Nugget has to dig a bit to come up with the thrown bumper.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Brandon Sun - Reese Master Jumpers

This picture of Reese was on the front page of the Brandon Sun March 24, 2014.  It was taken in a Master Jumper round.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Reese and Nug sled Craven

What a great day to get out and do some sledding.  The temperatures hovered around 0 degrees and there was a bit of a wind.  We started from the Craven Big Valley Jamboree grounds and travelled a little over 3 miles on the creek, stopped for some lunch and the dogs played a few snow games.  This was a 1 sec clip that was slowed down twice and then sped up again.  It was a whole lot of fun.

Master Jumper Dog of Canada

On February 16, Reese ran clean in all 3 Master Jumper rounds to earn her MJDC title.  All 3 courses were designed and judged by Dave Langen and are just the kind Reese likes fast and fun. 

In this run I was pretty sure I had a refusal in the back corner.  When talking to Dave about refusals, he explained that he couldn\t call a refusal if she never looked at the jump.  She never did, it was difficult to get her to stop looking at me, which is a product of no motion. Something to work on for sure.

This is the 2nd round and was the round her title was earned on.  She ran it in 27.11 sec which was faster than any other dog in any class or height ran it.

Round 3 , Reese broke her start line and I felt like I was playing catch up for the whole run.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Team Nugget & Reese

We again took advantage of some brilliant winter weather and ventured out to do some sledding.  This video was the most controlled part of our run which came right at the end, after we had gone for at least a mile.

There was turning on 1 runner at high speeds, clipping of snow banks as we went. There was passing of the other dog teams , of which I had 0 control. Just smiled and waved to my fellow sledders. There were screeching halts to check pee mail.  There was much running by me when 2 brown dogs took off,  if the lead teams flinched.

As in this video when we coasted Nugget did the lions share of the pulling.  But when we went up hill, turned or passed the other sleds Reese kicked in.  Crap Reese who accelerates on a turn.  Oh yes my arms are about 6 inches longer now.


Monday, 6 January 2014

Ardi shows us how it's done

Reese started an Utility obedience class on Saturday and part of her homework is to get used to picking up the metal dumbbell that is used in the scent discrimination exercise.  The temperatures here have been between -24 and -40, so all the dogs need a little homework. 

Here is a video of Ardi showing how much fun retrieving a metal dumbbell can be.  She is wearing boots on her back feet to stop her from scratching a bad ear.  The boots don't seem to be bothering her too much.