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2019 Invitational

Postby jlw034 » Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:41 pm

Received the running list today. 140 registered dogs. WOW. I figure some will drop, but that is a lot of dogs. They must run at least 3 fields at a time.

Anyone else here going? How's training going? Finally heating up here in Minnesota, which is good. Gonna need all the acclimation we can get for Ohio.

To those that have run before (or just have some insight), is there anything you wished you had trained for, but didn't? Just looking for any advice I can get.
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Re: 2019 Invitational

Postby orhunter » Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:50 pm

I watched it at that test sight so might be of some help.

The field cover is thick with paths cut through it. Not typical cover you'd actually hunt.

Depending on how many dogs have run before your dog, the field could be full of birds or fairly thin. Bird scent can be buried pretty deep in the cover.

Make sure your dog will back. Some dogs have trouble passing this because the backing dog can't see the pointing dog.
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Re: 2019 Invitational

Postby Fun Dog » Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:20 am

There are 3 fields. A couple have thick grass. The birds can disappear in it. The other has lighter cover. They put out 12 to 15 birds per brace so be prepared for a lot of bird contact. And a lot of backing. Also be prepared for birds just walking around. As for weather, be prepared for anything. Rain, sun, and especially fog. We ran in the morning after a rain and with heavy fog. It was wet, very wet. There are plenty of water stations if it is hot. Make use of them. Offer your dog water after every bird contact even if you don’t think they need it. It’s a great way to reconnect.
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Re: 2019 Invitational

Postby SwitchGrassWPG » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:19 pm

In addition to what's already been posted...

Train for multiple retrieves in the field from one point. If your dog's on point and the gunners put up a bird and shoot it, but it's not the one your dog is pointing, you'll be expected to retrieve both.

Work the field with a number of different dogs, at different levels of training. Believe it or not, dogs blow up in the field and seem to forget everything they know...breaking, stealing point, etc.

Prepare for handler's frequently hacking their dog in the field. If your dog's not used to it, it could cause problems.

Teach your dog to handle in the water.

Expect the unexpected. Last year at the double mark, the second duck didn't launch during our test. We heeled back out and had to wait for a pickup dog to get the first. Once ready, we heeled back in again and went through the sequence.

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