Well it was a nice weekend. It was our last hunt test of the year. We usually run NAHRA tests but decided to go to an AKC event since it was fairly close. Kate did well, she got two passes towards her JH title. Abby had one two day master test. She did well on the first two series, then yesterday, on the last series she decided to be a knucklehead. The judges instructions were if they got their feet weet they were out. It was a triple water. Well her excitement level must have been high, first bird down she creeped a little, second bird down she creeped even further, by the time the third bird went down DH looked and she was standing chest deep in the water, waiting to be sent. That is a big no no. the judges asked DH if he wanted her to get the birds. He said no, thanked them, and walked her off line. That probably broke her heart, not getting the birds. But now we know what we have to work on. Sometimes you just have to laugh, the're dogs & who knows what goes through their minds. This isn't the first expennsive training day & it won't be the last.
Sounds like Abby was doing her own thing. The hunt rules must require a lot of discipline. Any lab would think it's never a bad idea to get wet.
Barbara, it all goes back to obedience. She is supposed to sit by your side until she is sent. It was funny because she never got up & ran for the birds, she just scooted her butt all the way to the water. By then it was too late, it was deep & she had to stand up.
Ooooh Abby you little stinker! My Abbey tries to creep on me sometimes when she's in a sit-stay in agility and when we're dock diving.
But I think you absolutely did the right thing not letting her get those birds - then she would have been rewarded for misbehaving. It's a setback for sure, but you will all get through it! I'm amazed at how good your girls are at hunt tests!
I can just see her *creeping* when she knows she's supposed to be staying. Fighting every urge but... oopies!
Seamus and Flynn
Awwww Abby you can't always doing "right". Better luck next time .
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Nikki 6 months
Congratulations on your good weekend!
The part about Abby made me giggle a little bit. I can totally see my black girl Sophie doing something like that!
LOL! This made me laugh.....better luck next time, but I am glad you can laugh about it!