Since I did not know what I wanted to do with Scotty or even what was available to do with a retriever when I got him, Scotty was not introduced to birds until he was 1 y.o. His first time with a live pigeon, he wanted nothing to do with it. I really was hoping for his inner birdiness to come out right then and there, but it has taken longer. He is much much better now and loves his birds. Today was his first time ever retrieving live ducks. Here are some photos of his water retrieves.
Diving after the duck:
Getting the duck out:
Bringing the duck back:
It was fun to go train with Scotty and Roxy, Tagen's Lab. Roxy did great, too! (I hope all the photos load; our website is experiencing some technical difficulties).
There is Mr. Handsome! I love the one with the water trail from the tail!
Nice!! Scotty looks like a natural now
Is that a cripple or are it's wings clipped?
It's great to see them doing what they were originally bred to do, especially our show dogs! Darwin was a year and a half before being exposed to any type of bird, or formal retrieving, and he immediatly took to it like he'd been doing it all his life...It was like a light bulb turned on!
Do you have WC or test plans in the near future?
Its wings are tied down. I clipped him but still was afraid that it would get away if it had the use of its feet and wings. It was diving like crazy to get away from the dogs.Is that a cripple or are it's wings clipped?I've never heard of a WC test being held locally. We don't have a breed club, and usually it's the breed clubs that put them on from what I understand. We also don't have fall hunt tests. So, maybe if he's up to it in the spring of next year, we'll try JH.Do you have WC or test plans in the near future?
Wonderful working photos of him, Tatyana. Love the second picture of him.
Can I borrow them for my website? (lol inside joke)
Great pictures. Scotty looks like a natural.
Am not sure about the lab clubs in surrounding states, but there will be a WC at the national in the fall if you're up for a road trip... www.thelabradorclub.com/national/Originally Posted by Tatyana
What great pictures! Tatyana - there is a what is called a Working Ability Test being held in September by the Lab Retr Club of So. California. I understand that the park it is held at is really nice and a great place to work the dogs. You might be interested in this. They also do a hunt test once a year as well.
Sharon, loved by Moose & Sky
Ok, devil's advocate here, doesn't that scare the poor ducks to death? I know labs are bird dogs, been through that with Jim but it seems so cruel to subject a duck to that. I know it doesn't hurt them but it has to be pretty frightening to the ducks to have a dog grab them. ??? It would be like us jumping off a building so Superman(if he were real) could rescue us for practice. !!!!