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We survived VGP!

Postby Misskiwi67 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:19 pm

Early spring there were 12 people planning to do VGP at the location where we tested. By test day, there were two. It wasn't pretty, but we didn't have any surprises. The coon retrieve fail was balanced by a duck search that "gave (the judges) chills".

At the end we got a 262 Prize 3. We persevered, we survived, we succeeded!

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Re: We survived VGP!

Postby NC Quailhunter » Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:24 am

Congratulations!!!
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Re: We survived VGP!

Postby 3drahthaars » Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:32 am

VGP is always deserving congratulations. Kudos to not falling to the rabbit drag and OB which characteristically are the killers!

So far as attrition, mine started with 2 groups of 3 dogs, and finished with 3 passing. Bob Worrell's dog Baron scored the highest GNA score to date 332/Pr I with Bringselverweisen! Still Baron stands in my eyes as one of the two best male DDs I've ever seen in action.

Back then tests were fewer and far between as we traveled from OH and MD to AL, about 16hrs drive for my wife, dog, 6year old and 9mo old sons.

And, the pass/fail rate was about 50% give or take. I tempted fate and succeeded with a dog that had only been hunted and never FF.



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Re: We survived VGP!

Postby Misskiwi67 » Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:56 am

If she hadn't snubbed that stupid coon, we'd have had a fabulous score. But she showed up thinking it was another boring training day and two forest drags back to back wasn't her idea of fun. I now understand the mental test that is VGP. Vegas hadnt refused a coon drag since we first started training, and I figured we'd gotten the lesson through. I never tried two drags in a row!!
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Re: We survived VGP!

Postby mtlhdr » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:15 pm

Congrats! That is one good lookin' dog.
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Re: We survived VGP!

Postby Deuce » Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:59 pm

Congrats! It's quite an accomplishment!
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Re: We survived VGP!

Postby woodboro » Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:28 pm

congrad's ... you now know what kind of dog you are hunting behind = VERSATILE VDD
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Re: We survived VGP!

Postby TobyTx » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:58 am

Congrats, I hope to complete a VGP one day.

Can you elaborate on the "coon retrieve fail"? The dog did not retrieve a coon and still passed?
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Re: We survived VGP!

Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:20 am

TobyTx wrote:Congrats, I hope to complete a VGP one day.

Can you elaborate on the "coon retrieve fail"? The dog did not retrieve a coon and still passed?


They can fail the raccoon/fox drag IF they complete the coon/fox retrieve over an obstacle. It's a major ding in points though, with a 5x multiplier. If she'd done the coon as well as she performed with the rabbit (which was a 6 pounder!), we'd have had a Prize II 290.

My failure was likely that when we hunt coon we frequently leave them in the field and come back for them later. I spent 2 years telling her to leave them, and didn't spend enough time making sure she'd complete a long, difficult retrieve with a furry critter covered in burrs.
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