First weekend in April is the first HT of the year around here...so started getting Tara ready for SH (maybe MH depending on how the week goes-she's not far off). This will be her only run until fall as the others are to close to her whelping date -next HT is only 2 weeks from her due date.
She did very well today and performed at MH level, ran her with my old boy Mac for backing work, hope she keeps this up!! Some shots from today:
Good luck! My advice is to intentionally set up some screwed up situations because they ALWAYS happen at a hunt test, especially master level.
You got that right!! When I ran Taras' sire in MH, he was on an honour....the bird flushed straight into his mouth, he never even moved his head, just opened his mouth and had it, LOL!! (thank you handler....)
Now I will do things like wet a quail down and chase it around the dog(to simulate those lovely rainy day birds)....throw birds in it's face, let a non-broke dog down when it's on point to bust the bird in front of it.......still, seems like no matter how much you think you "got it covered" something new will crop up or your dog will simply have a "memory lapse"!!
I've had the bird in mouth disaster myself Good luck!
I'm close to 2 hrs north of you in Erie. Oakridge is having the HT I'm attending in April - first weekend, can't remember exact date right now - you should come down for a day just to meet people as you are close to the grounds.
You're welcome to come up on a weekend to train sometime and watch some older dogs run. You can shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com