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Re: Meet Tess

Postby ryanr » Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:49 am

Congrats Tess & AG. That's how I like getting them tracking exposure, doing it on small, wild game as you take hikes- I call them tracks of opportunity. Both my dogs love it and excel at tracking. I also like doing drags too rather than a live, flightless pheasant. I can control it (and make it increasingly difficult) and know the pup is going to get a reward at the end. After the test, and the more they hunt abnd the birds start flying they seem to learn to lift their heads more to use the wind.
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby Highlander » Tue Aug 18, 2020 12:46 pm

AverageGuy

Congratulation!

Good genetics are a wonderful thing


So true!

Can wait to start training my pup, who has not even been born yet! :)
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby AverageGuy » Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:22 pm

Heading back to the prairie tomorrow. She has been on the wild birds but this is the first training bird she has seen since her NA back in August.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYPcXlVCJK0

Her Tail is poofed and vibrating she is so intense.

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Re: Meet Tess

Postby RowdyGSP » Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:44 pm

Wow! She is looking great! Don't often see that kind of intensity on training/pen raised birds. Good luck on the prairie.
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby orhunter » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:10 pm

She's grown into a beautiful young lady.
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby Willie T » Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:33 pm

Yep, I like Tess. Y’all are gonna have some fun this year!
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:01 pm

Beautiful pup, Spud looks great too. Forrest
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby orhunter » Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:20 pm

Kent..... Went back to first photo. The last photo is spot on. Gorgeous....
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby Fun Dog » Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:40 pm

Beautiful!
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby jlw034 » Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:41 am

You certainly won't be struggling for dog power!
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby AverageGuy » Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:08 pm

Tess's Plaque arrived today. Breeders' Award Litter as well.

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Re: Meet Tess

Postby AverageGuy » Tue Mar 09, 2021 9:43 am

Training daily now. Trained on Whoa through February as the critical precursor to Steadiness to WSF. A well trained and understood Whoa command makes steadiness training so much easier on the dog. Not necessarily easy, but easier.

Here is a video from last week which indicated she understood Whoa well and we were ready to start flying down wind pigeons for Tess.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7I7RGAWaAo

Took this video this morning. Our second day of flying pigeons downwind after putting Tess on a Whoa command at a distance and watching. No scent involved. We went through the first bag of 6 pigeons with her breaking and lunging to chase, me saying whoa and giving low level stimulation on the ecollar until she stopped moving.

She stood the 7th bird so I started filming and she stood two more in a row while filming. Then a young pigeon sabotaged us by flying to the ground instead of away, Tess of course broke immediately and the video ends :). Which well illustrates the progression of increased stimulus involved in this training. No way was she ready for that. Will be interesting to see what she retains in tomorrows training.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6xpxlH3ebk
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby orhunter » Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:22 am

Thanks for the training tips and update.

Noticed her yawning. Shows she got a bit of anxiety when being controlled. We all know she’d rather be doing it her way. Fun and funny to watch.

I really like Tess’ coat. What does she weigh now? She appears to be on the small side, my kind of dog.
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby AverageGuy » Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:40 pm

She weighed 46lbs a couple of months ago in skinny hunting shape. I expect she will mature out around 50lbs. Yea she has a nice coat. Good course texture. Wore off a lot of her beard hunting.

That was her first time working Whoa in that particular training field. Always previously at that location there had been pigeons for her to work when I took her over there. She made a big running loop over the hill and around when I dropped her. I called her in and began the Whoa work that I video'd, so yea she was not having fun like she had hoped. Good place to see how well the Whoa training was in place was my purpose in doing that. Good enough to start tossing pigeons in front of her is what I learned.
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Re: Meet Tess

Postby orhunter » Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:21 am

I went back through this entire thread this evening and looked at every video. Enjoyed them all.
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