We’re taking our amateur field training days a bit more seriously this year so this page is intended to micro-blog our progress. If you’re local and you have a hunting dog, please join us! Enjoy. – Kim
January 29th. Camp H, CA. Today is a special day. Erin handled her dog GRACIE (2014 Max x Friday) off a check cord for the first time!!! (We’re polishing up her bird manners for the Open Gun Dog stake tomorrow.) And right after Gracie, we did the same for her daughter SIERRA (2019 Bowie x Gracie). Sierra is STUNNING on birds.
Gracie on quail
Sierra on quail
January 28th. Camp H, CA. One more “run” before GRIT’s (2021 Marshall x Tearin) first Open Puppy debut at the California Brittany Club’s Field Trial!!! Other than barking his way around the course, it wasn’t a bad effort. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.
January 23rd. Camp H, CA. The Sunday afternoon after a field trial is always a great time to train dogs. Here is GRIT (2021 Marshall x Tearin) running at Camp H’s Open Gun Dog course for the first time with Sierra as his brace mate and me on horseback. Grit stayed to the front, ran the whole time, and showed moments of independence and range. Atta boy!!!
Not to be outdone, I also took LUNA (2015 Bo x Mika) out on the Walking Gun Dog course where I knew there would be lots of birds. About 20 minutes in, I was rewarded with a beautiful solid point on Chukar. Luna hadn’t been out in a couple of years so to see that she “still has it” was exhilarating.
Grit on the Open Gun Dog course
Luna on the Amateur Walking Gun Dog course
January 16th. Camp H, CA. GRIT was put on his first live quail this evening just before dark with the express purpose of lighting a fire in his belly, and boy did he have fun!!! Hopefully, he now understands that the desert is where he gets to run and find birds with me on Clyde leading the way.
January 16th. Camp H, CA. GRIT (2021 Marshall x Tearin) is one of our field trial prospects and as such, will be getting an introduction to field trials this winter. The first step was to introduce him to the Mojave desert. He’s been run off a quad with an experienced brace mate a few times now. Today, we took it to another level by running him off Clyde (the horse)! Overall, it was a success and Grit now understands he really shouldn’t be running in between the horse’s legs.
January 1st. Lancaster, CA. Happy New Year!!! The Barrett Collective started the year off with a New Years’ Day training session. This year’s goals are ambitious, but if we keep at it, we should be able to do some great things with our dogs this year. Out in Lancaster today were the following Barrett Collective dogs:
- Otto (2013 Touchstone Weimaraners)
- Stella (2018 Timberdoodle Weimaraners)
- Soba (2018 Trax Weimaraners)
- Cali (2019 Otto x Bliss)
- Tatum (2020 King x Luna)
- London (2021 Baja x Brandy)
London pointing his first training pigeon
Otto pointing pigeon
Otto pointing pigeon
Tatum had a good day running and pointing birds in preparation for his upcoming Hunt Test – Here he is stacked up because his breeder wanted a photo 🙂
And this is Stella stacked up, because I wanted to see what Red’s mom looked like