I have now decided to merge Rachael’s Journey with this blog. So from today I am going to record Rachael’s exploits here on this site.
First of all, a bit of background.
Rachael is six months old, and she is a chocolate Labrador of mixed field and show breeding. You can find out in My Chocolate Adventure why I decided to bring a part-show dog into my working kennels. And you can use the following link to read the start of Rachael’s Journey .
The story so far
What I have done with Rachael so far is very basic.[wp_ad_camp_1]She walks to heel for short distances, on and off lead (with no real distractions).
She comes to the recall whistle, without distractions.
And she sits and stays (just a few seconds) and fetches a dummy which she spits out.
She also goes into her crate on command, and has learned not to make a noise.
And that’s about it.
As you can see just some bare foundations have been laid. Nothing more.
Plenty of time
I now need to consolidate Rachael’s basic obedience and proof it against distractions. And to begin working on her ‘gundog skills’.
I am not in any hurry as Rachael is too young to come out picking up this year, so I have all next summer to get her ready for her first shooting season.
My next goals are:
- Proof the recall
- Proof the heel
- Begin the ‘stay’
- Deliver the dummy to hand
All quite straightforward but no doubt there will be a few challenges and surprises for me along the way!
I’ll let you know how I get on.
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