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Re: Meet Tess

Postby J D Patrick » Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:17 am

awesome - congrats on the NAHRA pass! Good luck at NA
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby RowdyGSP » Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:27 am

Kent, that's the kind of stuff that reassures you that you got a naturally driven bird dog trained by a capable trainer.
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby ryanr » Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:03 am

AverageGuy wrote:Willie T,

That is Great Advice that I will follow. Appreciate it.

She got rev'd up on her run this morning.

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Wait until you pull it out of your vest and see it say 903 yards! Or even better, the guaranteed panic-inducing .3 miles and climbing. ;)

Congrats on the NAHRA score. She's impressive.
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby AverageGuy » Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:53 pm

Thank You Gentlemen. There was a pro photographer at the test and she got some really nice photos. My favorite.

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Re: Meet Tess

Postby AverageGuy » Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:49 pm

We have taken the pigeon work as far as we can for the moment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM0CcQEVBRA
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby orhunter » Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:59 pm

Outstanding... Yup, you're there.
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby Willie T » Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:08 pm

AG, she is ready for some wild birds now. You and the wild child are gonna have some fun this year! Out of curiosity because it’s where I would go, have you done any experimentation yet to determine if she will back Spud’s point? My hunch is she will back naturally and with a little encouragement it will be a thing of beauty.
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby AverageGuy » Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:08 am

Willie T,

I have not worked them together in a setup but last week I saw Spud sight pointing pigeons in the horse lot and Tess saw him and went on point too. It was cool. I think she will have some natural back.
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby AverageGuy » Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:16 pm

Tess ran her NA yesterday. Prize 1 - 112. Good genetics are a wonderful thing. She was the youngest dog in the test and one of two dogs to earn a Prize 1.

Scenting conditions were apparently difficult and the Tracking portion of the test knocked the other 8 NA dogs out of Prize 1.

Tess worked her track like she was on a rail. I had done one drag with a duck this past week to give her exposure to the "track" command and hand signal and slip lead release. Back in the winter when she was really young, I watched her track a cottontail across white frozen snow/ice in the timber for 126 yards before I moved and caught up with her. So I knew she had strong genetics for tracking and did not need any formal training in that area at this point in her development. Too much of it detracts for their high headed bird work so I was a minimalist in this area, other than she gets a lot of opportunity to track wild game daily and does. I strongly prefer letting them learn it via doing vs working on released flightless birds.

Test was Fun, Glad its over and looking forward to hunting now.

Spud has taken it in the shorts for 1:1 time with me since Tess arrived and I feel bad about that, although he lives a life most dogs would envy. Was 58 degrees out this morning and Spud and I got in the field without that obnoxious Tess around. Spud made the most of his time.

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Another Coon down another million or so yet to go. He is always so proud to bring them to me. Good reason to keep some leather gloves in the bird vest.

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Seasons are about to open Folks! Bird numbers are looking pretty good in many areas of the country. Make it a Safe one.
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby jlw034 » Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:56 pm

Congrats! It's all gravy from here...
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby Willie T » Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:27 am

Congrats on the prize 1 and perfect timing AG. Dove opens in a couple weeks here. Then Teal. Then....
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby Dmog » Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:34 am

Congrats on the the NA prize 1. She is looking good!
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby AverageGuy » Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:27 pm

Thank you Gentlemen.
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby RowdyGSP » Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:28 pm

Not that I mind the pics of Tess at all but I've been itching for some photos of my favorite internet dog. Atta boy Spud. He catch that coon? Looks like he might be way better at stripping tails than I am!
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby AverageGuy » Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:25 am

Yea He hit a track ran it, caught it, wrung it out and retrieved it. That's not is tail you're seeing. Expect you and Rowdy will go looking for Forest Grouse soon?
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