Jan 14 Pounce trained in the "indoor", heated area...off lead OB practice & "The Game"
Jan 15 Repeated yesterday and finally "explained" to my wife about the new pup. Whew, turned out to be not that big of a deal. She has definitely been a "keeper".
Jan 16 This afternoon my computer went "south" and it turned into an "all-nighter".
Jan 17 The spider web of refreshing a "scrambled" computer while dodging security probes and "discovering" the right updates/patches in the correct sequence was (to say the least) frustrating. Winning is everything.......and being lucky is way better than the alternative. I am "clean" again......ready for the next "game". "Dodge ball" when you are old is not much fun. Then again....all I had to do was move my fingers and stay awake.
Next Wednesday is the eight hour drive into Nebraska. Thursday morning will begin the return trip with a "passenger".
Jan 18 Pounce trained in the indoor heated area.......getting for the snow storm
Jan 19 spent most of the morning snow blowing 5-6 inches out of the driveway...cold wind
note: beginning to rearrange the house preparing for the pup......crates in bedroom,
living room and the heated training area....also setting up the feeding area so
as to do the same routine that was used with Pounce
After revisiting the old WEB "Kwicklabs.com", a relevant "Tip of the Month" was "retrieved".
Record daily training results and thoughts in a journal.
The following "tip" was influenced by being a high school chess coach in the 1990's.
Learning how to train dogs is a long-term process. What you know and can apply at any
one time is critical to the advancement of your dogs. Dog training is somewhat like chess.
"it depends a great deal on how much you know. But, what you know is really everything
you've learned, minus all you've forgotten.........and the forgetting process is powerful."
by Roelf Wetzell (He became a chess master late in life by recording and
reveiwing detailed notes of every tournament and practice session.)
Therefore, it would seem a daily record enhances “remembering” and is a wise course
of action. It provides a reference with context. The “paper trail” will provide quick
recollection and inhibit the “forgetting process”. You will know more because you
have planned to forget less. My "winter project" would be impossible without a journal.
Jan 12 day off from training....snow....The next step in the "Winter Project" is to do a new
Pounce and KwickLabs' Skills Gap Analyses. The process/update will be recorded in the
"Winter Project" Group
Jan 10 day off.....windy and cold........review "stuff"......."Winter Project"
Jan 11 trained - Rockton Road DTA, Pounce ran six "stand alone/send back" singles
Jan 1 Pounce "worked" in the heated indoor training area - a "fun" OB practice session. The goal for this month is to spend a good amount of time reviewing, comparing and contrasting previously, written "perspectives". The rationale is to provide useful insight into how they might relate to the present (Hillmann's program). This will enhance Pounce's training and add to (or adjust) my skill set for training the new pup arriving at the end of January. All "reviews" will be "extracted" from the "Thinking" page.
note: something to do during the "dog days" of winter
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review #3 (refer to Jan 11 entry)
Winter Project Reviews (full set - refer to previous links)
review #1 - re-emphasizing the significance of balance
review #2 - consistently apply the concept of "The Paradigm shift"
review #3 - re-enforce the value of keeping a detailed journal
review #4 - "Retriever Skill Gap Analytics"- new Pounce & KwickLabs' Skills Gap Analyses review #5 - Review, Modify & Strengthen "The Re-Engagement"
review #6 - Review and modify "At the Line"
review #7 - work on "streamlining/perfecting" Hillmann's "The Game" (online DVD)
note: Many of the "adjustments" will be practiced when working with the "project".
Today I received a text message with a brief video of my pup. She is about six weeks old.
It took me about three hours to figure out how to "work" the video and take a "snap shot".
"Finished" Photo - "Last Blind" on "The Hurdle" Line
"two logs hurdle, lining practice".
Maintaining a Training
Jan 7 Today is the beginning of "New Year's" resolutions. Dog training forums will be viewed only one day a week......or less and I will not watch anymore Bear's games for about nine months.
note: There was quite a bit of rain last night and this morning. It is 52°F with no frost in the
ground and mud "everywhere". Thorson Pond is free of ice and "out of its banks".
Airing Pounce means "bucket and a mop" time. The only "good" thing is no ice in
the airing yard.
Jan 8 3pm - 37°F and 20 mph winds...Pounce is sleeping in the living room ("let sleeping dogs...")
Can't do that.....tomorrow will be almost 20° colder...Do something simple and productive. Five
minute drive to the Thorson "Grassy/Bean Field" DTA - Pounce ran a Point Blind (five Dokkens) and a "hurdle, handling" session using the same "point"......sharp, fast and accurate. In addition, she did quite a bit of heeling "off lead". Initially, the "two log hurdle" was going to be in one of the long point blinds. After checking out an angle approach, that idea was scrapped....not safe looking and "why not" was very obvious. The plan was to line perpendicularly and once over "whistle sit and angle cast" to the blind. On the return, a "whistle/sit/angle-in-over cast" was understood to
mean "go to the hurdle and jump straight over". Intelligent retrievers are "fun to run".
Jan 20 train in the snow
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note remembered an interesting link on RTF
note: The "gun shop" said my shotgun will not be back for about a month. This means
Pounce's "upland training" is on hold. The plan was to have most of the training
"prep" well underway before the end of January when the new pup arrives.
Jan 9 much colder......trained indoors (heated area)......fun repetitions = practice & exercise
note: Continuing with the "Winter Project" (see Jan 1st entry), the 2nd topic to
review from the "Thinking" page is the recently updated "Paradigm Shift".
note: All topics selected for the "project" have been "reviewed, updated and/or modified".
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Jan 6 Bear's game at 3 pm - trained 1 pm..37°F....practice/conditioning Mini-Handling drill at 60 yds
note: left pile - 4 white "Ergo" bumpers, middle 4-3" orange bumpers, right 4 Dokken mallards
"stats" - 750+ yards of running ("fast bursts"), 12 "at the line" lining & delivery practice, 6
whistle sits & casts (the minimum), 6 lines (no casting)....not wearing a collar
note: Pounce is accurate/fast (loves to retrieve). This was finished "rapidly" (wanting more).
However, the following "jumped ahead"
note: continuing with the "Winter Project" (see Jan 1st entry), the 3rd topic to
review from the "Thinking" page was
note: The above session is "practice" related to a Hillmann "Point Blind" run "cold" (1st time) on 12/23/18).
Jan 5 Pounce did the indoor session ("heated area")
A few photos from the December setup were computer generated "snap shots" from a video camera.
The following photo is a "screen shot" generated by pressing the "Window" key and the PrtScr key.
Once a "screen shot" is "captured" it can be cropped and edited as if it came right out of a camera.
review #7 Hillmann's "The Game"
Jan 13 Pounce will not train today - snow and don't have the urge. After receiving
yesterday's text, I replied "She's gorgeous!" That's about the fifth (not exactly sure) text message I've ever sent. I can see why getting into "texting" can be addictive. The result of the spontaneous comment resulted in coming up with a first possible name for her....KwickLabs Gorgeous Georgia call name "Gigi". That was last night and not "etched in stone". However, this morning's clincher was the result of an ironic discovery. One of the synonyms for "gorgeous" is "fetching".
Jan 2, 3.....two days off.....cold and not very energized.....my old Benelli M1 is not "cycling" properly. Looked to repairing it via YouTube videos and priced parts...$$$$. Ended up taking it to the place I bought it. A new one is more than double the price I paid several years ago.
Jan 4 much warmer, sun and no wind ("no brainer") Drove to the bean field for another "go" at the "log hurdle", lining practice. Pounce was on fire and having fun.."burst" photos were OK.
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