Monday, April 11, 2016

Most Important Class You WON"T Ever Take Your Puppy To

When it comes to raising puppies, we are getting it all WRONG.  Bass Ackwards. 

We understand that human babies go through specific stages.  We understand that a baby's brain is under construction and developing like crazy during infancy.  We understand that babies need to sleep in a crib, stay in a playpen and be restrained safely in a car seat. 

Yet we revolt at the idea that puppies need structure.  We revolt at the idea that they need to stay in a crate because it is not safe for them to wander unsupervised. We revolt at the idea of spending time and energy to help them develop great habits.  We expect little baby puppies to automatically understand how to live with us, without spending the time to develop their brains and teach them patiently. 

So we bring our adorable puppy home and set him free.  Free to wander around the house because keeping him in a crate is mean. We fail to understand that he needs to be taught a little each day--way before he is old enough to go to puppy obedience classes.  Little by little our pups become the center of chaos and destructive behavior. 

The NUMBER ONE reason dogs are surrendered to shelters is house training issues.  And if we can't even get that right--then issues of barking, biting, jumping up and "separation anxiety" will be there too. 

This is the link to a broadcast I did recently over the new Blab platform.  Here I have uploaded it to YouTube.  It is just short of an hour long and it is the distillation of all the advice I have given people over the last ten years of taking calls of frustration over dog behavior.  Anyone thinking of getting a puppy should listen to this.  Knowing what to do when raising your pup ensures the very best development of the pup's personality and of the family's relationship with him.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New Book Coming! Stand By Everyone!

New book released to Amazon for pre-sale on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  Is Your Dog Driving You Crazy?  Real World Tips For A Stress Free Life With Your Dog.  Tips for raising, managing and training your dog to be the best dog, ever. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Helping A Gun Shy Bird Dog

Shaping a pup into a confident dog around guns is not difficult at all, if you carefully follow a few recommendations.  However, it is very easy to create a gun shy dog if you don't have a plan to follow.

Dogs are watching other dogs work birds and hearing gunfire from a distance.  They are staked out and feeding on each other's energy.  Putting your dog on a "chain gang" at an early age will help build excitement and condition her to gunfire

Keep It In Context

I remember as a little kid how my grandpa thought it was funny to set off a bunch of  firecrackers after Thanksgiving dinner.  He would do it without warning in order to startle everyone as much as possible and to hear the gasps, shrieks and cries of the adults, children and babies.  No one was really afraid of the concussion sound, but because it was a complete surprise and completely out of context, everyone jumped.

It is very important to remember that  you should always keep gunfire in context with your gun dog, from tiny puppy age to seasoned adult.  Keeping the sound in context is to always associate it with fun activities, such as retrieving a bird, playing with a bird, or watching a bird fly off.  With a young pup, or with an older dog who is just being introduced to birds and gunfire, it is important to make sure your dog really loves birds and retrieving before introducing gunfire. 

Leave 'Em Hungry

An important part of building the retrieving desire is to remember to put the dog up before she gets "enough" retrieves.  If you keep working your dog until she quits, you have over done it.  Always put your dog up before she is tired or bored with the birds or the retrieves.  Always put the dog back on the truck hungry for more.  You should have to drag your pup away from the excitement.  She will think and dream about coming back to finish the job next time.  When first introducing gunfire, use a starter pistol with a very low pop or .22 at a considerable distance (75 to 100 yards off or more) in conjunction with birds.  (You will need a helper to walk out with the starter pistol while you engage your dog with playing with birds. )

Use A Chain Gang

Find a group of trainers or a professional who has a number of dogs in training where you can take advantage of tying your dog out  with a large group of other dogs while individual dogs are being worked with birds and guns at a distance.  Your dog will catch the excitement and energy of the other dogs who are staked out.  The far-off gunfire will be associated with excitement.  Many trainers refer to this training method as a chain gang.

This 13 week old pup is staked out with older dogs watching a dog work birds in the field
She is not only not bothered by gunfire, she wants nothing so much as to be released to go get the bird!
Whoa!  Take It Slow!

Do not be impatient or in a hurry.  It should take months to introduce gunfire properly.  Use incremental baby steps to move closer and closer to your dog while shooting.  When moving from a starter pistol to a shot gun, start off using very light target loads and make sure you start at a distance away.  You should be training with or releasing live birds, but do not even try to shoot the bird at first.  Your first priority is to be watching the dog, making sure she is fully engaged in the bird flying off and either your dog has moved away from you sufficiently or you have moved away from the dog enough that it is safe to create gunfire in her proximity. 

Gun Shy Dogs Are Made--Not Born

Dogs are not born gun shy.  That being said, there are all different temperaments of dogs, from very bold and naturally confident to very soft and unsure.  Any dog along the spectrum of temperaments can be made into a gun shy dog.  And any dog, at any level of training can be made into a gun shy dog given the right circumstances.

An Ounce Of Prevention

Some things never to do with your dog if you want to prevent gun shyness:

Do not ever take your dog to a gun range!  Your dog does not belong at a gun range.  The sound of gunfire at the gun range is out of context.  You are not trying to "get your dog accustomed to gunfire!'  You are aiming to have your dog thrill to the sound of gunfire.  The best outcome you can possibly have taking your dog to a gun range is to satisfy yourself that your dog does not mind guns.  The worst outcome is that you will frighten your dog and create gun shyness.

Do not take your dog with you if you are going out to shoot snakes or small game, unless your dog is going to be helping you with that game and she is totally conditioned to the game and gunfire. 

Do not target-shoot from your covered front porch with your dog next to you.  Even a dog that has had months of introduction to guns out in the field on birds can be frightened by a sudden random gun blast at close range. 

If your dog ever startles or seems nervous about gunfire, NEVER, EVER tell the dog that "it;s OK, you're fine, don't worry!"  Do not try to reassure the dog or pet the dog.  This is a classic human response to a child and it has the exact opposite effect on a dog.  It tells the dog that you approve of their fearful behavior.  Touching and petting the dog reinforces the behavior with a reward.  Instead, have no reaction.  Just go on with your normal routine and ignore the behavior. 

Even if you have carefully introduced your dog to gunfire around the excitement of birds and she has become a highly trained, seasoned dog doing multiple retrieves and cold blinds, do not expect to take your dog to a covered duck blind for the first time with three or four other shooters and expect your dog to be fine when you all unload at the first bunch of birds flying in.  Take your dog to the blind ahead of time, throw something and shoot out of the blind, making sure she is happy and excited about that.  Then cover the blind and repeat.  Then, as long as your dog is fine, add one other shooter.  Little baby steps, checking to make sure your dog is doing fine is the way to go. 

Introducing your dog to guns is a long, careful process.  Impatience and haste on the handler's part can result in unpleasant consequences. 

If you already have a gun shy dog: 

Start over, as if the dog is a totally green dog.  Get her excited about birds and retrieving.  Go slowly.  Never cave in to the temptation to jump ahead and just "see" if the dog is cured. Someone created this problem in your dog.  Do not repeat and reinforce the original problem.  If you think you are the one who caused the problem in the first place, consider getting help from someone more experienced, perhaps a professional.  They say that history repeats itself.

One of the best ways to get a dog bird crazy is to stake them out with other bird crazy dogs.  Staking a bunch of dogs is also called a chain gang, because sometimes a long length of chain is used between stakes and dogs are tied off in intervals far enough apart that they can not get to each other, but close enough to each other to pick up on the energy of the other dogs.

Once your dog is really excited about birds, give her LOTS of them in a row, before adding a blank pistol or .22 shot way off in the distance.  Do not reassure her if she startles, but ramp up your excitement about the birds and put the gun away.  Ignore the reaction of the dog. 

If you are getting frustrated with the process or can't help trying to comfort her, you need professional help.  You are a big part of the problem and you need to get the dog away from your situation.

There are fixes that can work, some require many other dogs and access to many birds.  Some more extreme fixes involve complete isolation of the dog, removal from their familiar situation and a few days of deprivation from food.  Once this treatment is started it is imperative that someone emotionally detached from the dog and very sure-footed and experienced administer the cure.  Most people are not emotionally equipped to administer the solution, so it is important to seek professional help and be willing to give up your dog for a month or two for the better good.  Otherwise, you are faced with simply retiring the dog as a pet for the rest of her life. 

See Bill Tarant's post on curing shyness in dogs 

See Coondawgs library for more information about administering the isolation cure

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Teamwork And Equipment: Log Of A Hunting Muther

From Fran's Log, December, 2012.  Pheasant Hunting Near Columbia River, Eastern Washington.  The importance of electronic collar training with a highly driven retriever. 

Fran Seagren, Hunting Muther With Sarge And The Dragon

We had an excellent day.  The roosters are really wily and skittish - what a challenge trying to outwit them.  Our dogs are on their game, but so are the roosters. 

Sarge had been birdy since we started hunting the draw. He already flushed two hens and he was jacked up.  His excitement is contagious and I was pumped up as well.  Scott and Disco were hunting the other side of the draw and we planned to meet up halfway around.  The draw had fresh pheasant beds and lots of tracks.   Sarge was determined and thorough as he hunted the thick stuff.  I expected a noisy rooster to flush at any moment, but none were found.  We met up with Scott and Disco and they hadn’t had any luck either.  It appeared the pheasants had moved up into the sage – so that’s where we went.   Sarge and I headed up the side hill through the sage toward the cover strip that ran along the edge of the cut cornfield.  Scott and Disco angled away from us also heading to the cover strip.  Our plan was for me and Sarge to start at the top and work our way down the strip to Scott and Disco who were working their way slowly back up.  We were hoping to move and pinch between us any roosters that were loafing in the area.  “Stealth” hunting was a necessity if we wanted to get close to a late season rooster. 

On our way up to the cover strip, Sarge got on a scent.  The bird was moving ahead of us.  Odds weren’t in our favor of this pheasant letting me get close enough for a shot.  The sage wasn’t thick enough for it to feel safe, it was already on the move, and no doubt, it knew we were on the trail.  Sarge had his nose close to the ground and he picked up his pace.  He quartered tightly back and forth.  It appeared the bird wasn’t running at full speed.  How could this be?  Maybe it didn’t know how close we were?  But, we were heading straight into a pretty stiff wind that carried our sound away and we were “super stealthy.”  I didn’t use a whistle and certainly not my voice.  In order to keep Sarge from running ahead and flushing the pheasant out of range, I used the e-collar.   Every time he got too far, I “beeped” him.  He knows the beeper means to either stop and look back for direction, or come back within gun range.  “Most of the time” he does pretty well.  But, when he’s on a hot trail, Sarge’s desire sometimes wins over his training.  When he didn’t slow down or come back within range after being “beeped,” I gave a little stimu-zap with his e-collar.   This worked and Sarge slowed down, but his intensity did not.  I was really excited and kept my eyes focused ahead of Sarge. I kept expecting a rooster to flush up ahead, probably out of range.  We continued in this way for another ten minutes or so.   But, this rooster made a terminal mistake.  He held up “just” long enough for Sarge and me to get close.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when that bad boy flushed five yards in front of Sarge.  I heard the wings and his angry cackle before I saw him clear the sage bush.  He looked huge!  He was fast and wasted no time leaving town.  I took the shot at about 35 yards.  Dead rooster!   Sarge made a quick retrieve. Wow!  It IS the biggest rooster I've ever seen!  Scott had just changed my chokes and bought me some new super duper pheasant killer shells – THANKS, Scott!  Sarge and I just bagged a wild “Grand-daddy dragon of the open Sage Country.”   And a running rooster in the sage – who would have thought!

Scott came over with lots of congrats, high-fives, and hugs.  Disco was excited too.  We took a couple pictures and then continued with our plan – hunt the cover strip from two directions.   Scott and Disco headed to the bottom while Sarge and I continued to the top.  When we got to the top, I was surprised to find a large area that was a perfect pheasant lounging spot.  There were acres and acres of great bird cover including heavy bush, weeds and grasses.  But we hardly touched that area – save it for next time.  I sent Sarge into the cover strip and worked our way down the edge.  Scott and Disco were working their way up.  Then, I saw a rooster flush from a little behind and to the left of Scott.  Plan worked!  We “pushed” a rooster their way and it flushed right next to Scott.  As he twisted around, Scott took a shot, and missed.  Not surprising as the bird hooked in front of him about 10 yards.   Scott swung his gun on the bird and waited for it to get out in front.  He took aim, and, then . . .. Nothing.  His gun jammed!  Scott had bought some new super “hex shot shells” and apparently they didn’t work in his new 20 ga. semi-auto Franchi.     Score one for the roosters.  We headed back to the truck.   I didn’t feel “too” bad, though.  I had a pretty “heavy” load in the back of my hunting vest.   Score one for Sarge and me!

Our next hunting spot was perfect for a setter – Robert’s turn.  He is beautiful to watch – there is no other way to describe him hunting.  Working the wind, he made 200-300 yard casts along the edge of the cover.  He’s fast and smooth, flashy and handsome.  No prejudice – just the facts.   We hunted in silence as Robert glided along the edges of a huge tilled field.  As we worked our way down to the irrigation ditch cover, Robert continued his long casts.  He would double back to check out a scent and then continue on.  As I watched, he suddenly whipped his head around, did a quick couple turns, then glanced back at me and stopped for a split second - as if to say, "Watch me, I’m going into the cover."  And, he did.  When I got up to where Robert had gone in, I couldn’t see him.  The cover was over his head.  Nothing was moving as I looked around.  There was no wind on that side of the ditch.  I knew Robert was on a point.  We were nearly at the end of the cover and Scott was less than 80 yards down, blocking at the end.  Then I saw some brush that looked a little “too” red – Robert’s tail at “12 o’clock.”  I walked carefully toward him, trying to not make a sound, gun ready – three steps, and up he came!  I was still about 50 yards away when he flushed; I didn’t take a shot.  Score another for the roosters.  I called Robert over – he’s a good boy.

A while later when driving around to pick up Scott and Seven, I saw a rooster casually land off to the side of the irrigation road.  I wanted to see if he was still there.  I got my gun and cast Robert toward the cover.  He quickly circled around the area and in less than a couple minutes stopped exactly where I had seen the rooster land.  Again, Robert glanced back toward me before slowly going into the cover.  I moved forward as quietly as possible.  I could see part of Robert’s back and his tail that “said it all.”  I continued forward trying to be quiet, but then, the rooster flushed – and again, I was too far away.   Robert stood steady as I shot anyway - just hoping one little pellet would hit him – maybe in the eyeball! 

One last hunt of the day.  I was determined to get Robert a rooster to retrieve.  We went to our “sure thing” spot – if there is such a thing when it comes to hunting wild pheasants.  Scott dropped Robert and me off up the field and drove around the other side of “Benelli Bil.”   Robert hunted the spot beautifully.  I will wrap this one up to say that those birds never gave us a chance to get anywhere near to them.  I saw over a dozen hens and roosters flush wild before we were anywhere close.  Scott saw another five to seven flush wild on his side of the hill.  I can’t remember the last time we saw that many birds flush at once.  We suspect they are now wary of vehicles.  Next time we plan to hide the truck and sneak hunt the backside. 

The birds definitely "won" today.  We saw literally dozens of pheasants, both roosters and hens flushing wild.  But we know where they live and “we’ll be back.”

Yours truly, “the Hunting Muther”

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Perfectly Imperfect Christmas Service Dog

Here at Fast Pup Dog Training, we have taken in lots of dogs over the years from owners who were giving them up for various reasons.  They usually don't stay long.  We put a little training on them, take some pictures of them and market them positively.  Generous clients and friends are always stepping forward and opening their homes and hearts when they see how well behaved and balanced the dogs are after a few weeks or months hanging out with our ever changing pack and family of dogs.  Over the years we have taken care of an abandoned mother dog and raised her litter of abandoned puppies.  We have taken in Pit Bulls, Dobermans, lots of Labs and mixed breeds to name a few.  It certainly is not good for the bottom line of the business, but it is the right thing to do and it is good for our hearts.

Diesel Lounging With Terry
This past summer Kate met Diesel, a one year old AKC registered Labrador Retriever from superb field trial lines.  It was a hurried introduction while good friends Carol and Jim of Jim Cochran Sporting Dogs were preparing to leave on a trip to Montana and Kate was receiving instruction from Carol about taking care of the kennel.  Carol was introducing the dogs and going over any special needs they had when they came to a run containing a handsome black Lab. Carol explained briefly that the dog did not really belong to anyone and that he did not even really have a name.  After they took off, Kate started wondering about this dog.  He seemed like he had a great temperament and it seemed that he possibly needed a home.  She took him out to the ponds a few times while they were gone and introduced him to her dear friend and training partner Fran Seagren.  Both Kate and Fran were puzzled as to why this dog did not seem to have an owner.  He was a natural born retriever and was ahead of the curve for his age on ability.

A week or so later we were told what had happened.  A very well known breeder in the region had done a breeding a year earlier.  This one pup out of the litter had an imperfection in the structure of his mouth.  He had a significant over-bite (the nose and upper jaw was normal in size but the lower jaw was about half an inch too short.)  The breeder had tried to give the pup away, but no one wanted him.  She knew that the dog had nothing wrong with him other than this cosmetic issue.  Since the dog came from strong hunting field trial lines, she wanted to make sure the dog would go to someone who would train him properly to become a hunting dog.  She could not give the dog away.  No one wanted him, even for free!  As soon as they saw the imperfect jaw, they passed.  Finally the breeder heard that a dog training client of Jim Cochran Sporting Dogs was willing to take the dog.  So the breeder dropped him off and left.  As it turned out, the client did not want the dog, once he looked at the imperfection, so Carol and Jim were left with another mouth to feed.

Fran and Kate were amazed.  They had never really looked closely at the dog's face.  In fact, the usual vantage point from which they gazed at him they could not really see the under side of his mouth.  Until they looked very closely they could not see the cosmetic flaw.

Diesel, Terry And 11 Year Old Artie
Diesel was being well-cared for but he was marooned at a training kennel where no one seemed to want him for their own.  Kate took over the care of Diesel and he joined her pack.  Kate and Fran included him in training scenarios throughout the summer and were constantly amazed at how talented the dog was.  (And how the cosmetic imperfection did nothing to diminish his abilities.) 

Summer turned into Fall, and Kate did not have time to drill down on training Diesel as much as she wanted to, so she planned to keep him into 2013 and train him as a started hunting retriever, confident that she could place him in a great hunting home when people saw how great he was as a retriever.  Thanksgiving passed and Christmas was coming up soon. 

Then Fran got an idea.  Her brother Terry, who lives on a fixed income has a service dog, Artie, a black Lab that Fran had given him years ago who was now getting past the age of 11.  Terry would be needing a new service dog sometime in the next few years to help him.  She called Terry and proposed her idea to put Diesel with him so that he could start training the dog to be his new service dog.  Terry was absolutely thrilled at the idea.  Fran delivered Diesel to her brother earlier this week.  Fran says now that if there is ever a person as excited about getting a new dog, she definitely wants to meet them!   Terry loves to hunt birds when he is able--so not only will Terry be training Diesel as a service dog, but also will be training him as a hunting dog.  It is a perfectly imperfect match made in Heaven.  Merry Christmas to Terry and Diesel! 

Diesel Is Learning To Love Sleeping On Terry's Bed!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Pros And Cons Of Buying A Started, Intermediate Or Finished Hunting Retriever

For many serious bird hunters, the raising and training of a puppy to be able to confidently help retrieve birds can be a daunting proposition.  There are many very important steps to building a capable, eager dog to take hunting.  The pup should be introduced to birds in a super positive way as early as possible.  Pup should learn very early that retrieving things is super fun.  And that the sound of gun fire is all part of the fun.  And obedience needs to be incorporated into all the fun.  A dog who won't sit in the duck blind until sent for the bird can be a detriment to the hunt as well as a danger to herself and others in the hunting party.  And a dog that spies another party hunting pheasants and runs across a field to retrieve someone else's bird is an embarrassment, to say the least.

Often I get calls from people who obtained a puppy and several months or so into the rearing of the pup the realization comes that their dog is frightened by loud noises--or gun shy.  Or the dog does not like to swim.  Or the dog is just so out of control on obedience that the owners doubt they can even leave their home with it--let alone take it hunting.

There are house training issues that take time and consistent schedules and there are issues like chewing on things in the house that require good dog management skills.

By the time a dog is a year and a half or so old, a skilled trainer will have completely socialized the dog around other dogs, people and other animals.  The young dog will be thoroughly house trained and fairly trustworthy in the house.  The dog should be highly excited about retrieving a bird on land or water--and yet be steady to shot, waiting for a release or permission to leave the hunter's side.  There should be absolutely no hint of the dog being gun shy. 

For a "Started" hunting retriever, the dog should have all of the above mentioned attributes:  Good in the house and reliable on obedience.  Comfortable around gun fire, eager to swim or run to fetch a bird.  Steady to shot, waiting for permission to leave the handler to retrieve.  The dog should have been through force fetch training and understand that birds are to be held in their mouth gently and delivered calmly to their handler's hands.  The dog should have been through T pattern training where she leaves her handler's side on command and runs to targets to retrieve objects.  During the T pattern training the dog will learn to stop on a whistle and take directional casts to the right, left and straight back.  She will have done swim-by drills in the water where she learned to stop on a whistle and take casts in the water.  At Fast Pup Dog Training, we also finish with cheating singles training where we teach the dog to enter a pond on a straight line, rather than to "cheat" and run around the pond on the bank.  The dog will be starting to do walk-around and pattern blinds, meaning that the dog is helped by being reminded where the birds are planted.

Tango, a 1.5 year old "Started" retriever
 An "Intermediate" hunting retriever will have significant skill on multiple retrieves with hidden or "retired" gun stations in various locations across different types of terrain and cover.  The dog will also be developing skill on cold, blind retrieves, meaning a skilled handler will be able to line the dog up for a send and expect the dog to leave her side and run in the direction the dog was sent until stopped and redirected with casting to the bird.

Tango retrieves a pheasant
A "Finished" dog, is sort of a misnomer, since no dog or human is ever "finished" until they simply quit.  There is always more to learn and higher skills to be honed.  But for the purposes of description, the dog should have been schooled in and mastered tougher concepts, such as learning to punch past a short live flyer station to a long retired bird--or checking down for a short retired bird when a live flyer station is out long.  On blind work, the dog will now be understanding to drive under the arc of a prior mark, understanding  "poison" birds (a mark that is thrown that is not to be retrieved until after a blind retrieve is picked up, and understanding that just because a point or spit of land in a pond is full of scent and fresh feathers, the handler will still get cooperation from the dog in handling her off that land, back into the water and back to another location where the real bird actually is.

Most hunters will never need the skills of a "finished" retriever.  These skills are only necessary in training contests such as hunt tests or field trials.  The dog with "intermediate" skills will earn the handler wonderful bragging rights, however.  See the link here about the experience that Dennis had with his dog a couple years back.

If you are thinking of purchasing a trained dog be prepared to experience a learning curve.  A magnificently trained dog in the hands of an inexperienced handler will never get the opportunity to use their training.  Be prepared to go to the trainer to pick the dog up and spend a good amount of time with her.  Or plan to hook up with a local trainer for instruction.  You don't want to miss the thrill of learning how to work as a team with your dog.

Pretty girl, Tango

Friday, November 23, 2012

Golden Retriever Jonah Earns Obedience And Rally Titles

Hi Kate,
Jonah got his CD title Nov. 17th. Jonah also got a Rally title with a perfect score and took 1st place in all 3 legs of his Novice title. He was rock solid on his sit and down stays. For his pictures, I told him to get on his "place" and he did this like a natural. Your training has been extremely helpful and we hope to see you again when you get your place. As you suggested, I am going to see Les Flores in Jan. to get some help with heeling.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Congrats to Diane & Jonah!  All your hard work is paying off.  And yes, for that extreme competition heeling you are desiring, there is no one better to coach you than Les Flores!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Diane's Dog Mobile Extraordinaire

Diane has one of those yummy, 6.3 headroom, Nissan NVs.  If you click the link, you can see what her van looked like at purchase.  Now, her dream dog mobile is decked out to provide maximum comfort for her dogs and her human passengers.  I asked her how she managed to build it out like this and she told me that her husband is a genius.  (Sigh.  Some gals have all the luck!)

Check out the venting and the insulation and the fans and the thermometer.  Note the fold-up grooming table.  And the cool mats, the window shades and the shade cloth.  And the versatile Rough Tough Kennels!

Oh, the space.  And the peacefulness of having it organized!

A place for everything....

Dogs ride on cool mats from Walgreens.  Diane says her dogs don't chew them.  (Some of mine would)

Extra shading

Storage over driver and passenger area, courtesy of Nissan

Fold up grooming table fits right over the kennels

Rough Tough Kennels hook together and are very versatile

Ceiling vent with fan

Thermometer measures temp and humidity.  This day it was 63' with 83% humidity

All leashes in one place

All the hooks and such in one place

Storage shelf built out over wheel well

Kennel Fan

Emergency Kits:  Dog & Human

Always ready to provide more shade.
Dry Erase adhesive paper for posting messages,  Available at office supply stores.
The thermometer is something that Diane checks on obsessively.  She is passionate about the safety and comfort of her dogs.  She says that with the house insulation she and hubby installed to the interior walls and ceiling of the van, along with the fans, venting and shading, the interior easily stays 20 degrees lower than the outside temperature on a hot day. 

Puget Sound Retriever Club's July 2012 NAHRA Hunt Test

This weekend,  July 28th & 29th, was the PSRC's North American Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA) hunt test.  These tests are slightly different from the AKC retriever hunt tests in that they incorporate upland tests along with water work.  On the upper level tests, intermediate and senior categories, there are land marks and blinds as well as a quartering/sit-to-flush and a trailing test.  On the water, dogs must run marks and blind retrieves.  Dogs should exhibit excellent marking ability as well as the willingness to work as a team with their handlers on blind retrieves and upland hunts.

Puget Sound Retriever Club training grounds are located in Mason County, west of Bremerton, near Dewatto Bay

Great Judges!  Thanks For All Your Hard Work!

Husband & Wife Team, Brandon & Tyann are AWESOME helpers at club events!
Harry works the upland senior test.

Fran works upland

Rick is another volunteer at PSRC events.  He is a STAR!  Thanks Rick!
Jim works upland.

Sierra Takes A Break With Debbie Duck.  Thanks For Your Hard Work Sierra!






Tim L


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