Roxie had training yesterday. It was the first session since 3/6 and then the quail shootout on 3/7. I went over how the shoot went with Brad and I apparently made a few mistakes by tapping her for moving while on point. I guess in the excitement of the moment, I got confused about the right timing. I know better now. As far as everything else, nother we did that day set us back in training. Yesterday’s training focused on steadiness and a little bit of backing with Gracie, his Pointer. We didn’t do anyuthing new but she did extremely well. Brad was very pleaseed with her progression. Tate came to training with his new camera. He got some really great shots, some of them even calendar worthy however Roxie’s tail refused to cooperate and was stuck in banana mode all day (note to Liz, find a stud with no banana tail ) Here are a few pics:
Working on her “Stand” command:
Standing through the flush:
Honoring Gracie. Gracie was about 30 yards away and she stayed through the flush, multiple flushes since the quail refused to fly further than 3 ft at a time.
At the end of the day on the way back to the cars, Roxie was running around and came upon the quail from earlier and went on point and held it until Brad got over to her to flush it until it eventually flew into the trees.
You can see the quail to the left. It just kept walking without a care in the world around and Roxie just held. I was so proud!
Here she is as she watches Brad kick the bird away (damn tail!).
Unlike usual training days we did not end the day with the “bang” trap which simulates a shot bird which she gets in the end. So Brad gave her a dead bird from a previous session. At this point, her tail FINALLY went straight!