What whistle do you use @Selina27 and is it the same one for everything? I've only got one of those 'blast' things like those used by the sports teachers at school. I meant to ask our trainer but forgot and we don't have another session until 14th September.
@FayRose, get an Acme whistle, look on line at Sporting Saint for example. You will find they have a number on the side, choose either 210 1/2 (two ten and a half) or 211 (I think) I have the previous one, it sounds sharper to me. If you lose it, you can always buy another one of the same number and they come in different colours.
I was advised by the chap I started out having gundog training with to get a 210.5 and I remember the lady in Sporting Saint being surprised when I went to buy one and saying that's usually for spaniels. I often wonder about trying a 211.5, would it make any difference to her do you think?
Stick with whatever whistle you already have. I have always used a 210 1/2 for my spaniels and even if I amever going to train a Labrador I would still use the 210 1/2 as I like the pitch. But anyone starting completely from scratch training a lab to the whistle then get the 211 1/2. I think it carries a bit further than the 210 1/2.
Last night Cassie had her first introduction to shot. All went well, she was totally galvanised by it, from the first shot being fired she was rivetted by what was going on in the field and couldn't take her eyes of the other dogs retrieving until it was her turn.
Such a beautiful evening , lovely September sunshine .
That sounds good @Selina27 she is really doing well. Did you go straight into gun dog work at your first session, or did the trainer do what mine has done and check how much other 'basic' stuff Cassie had first?
I won't know how we'll progress until our next session and I haven't really got a clue what we'll cover at that point !
Just been having a think, it's a year now !
I guess because I had done a bit of training with what now I see as "crossover" trainers, we had done stuff like sit/stay and heel. But the retrieving went awol, and I had started to build it up slowly myself. So she said to join the appropriate group, which I did, my biggest issue being how distracted she gets by other dogs .
We've come so far in 12 months, it's such a thrill seeing how much Cass enjoys retrieving now. Sometimes she looks crestfallen when I put the dummies away. We are working currently on retrieving in different environments, after her excursion in the sugar beet! She needs to learn to "work" wherever
Ah, right, thanks. I asked for a couple of sessions on our own because Molly is so desperate to play with other dogs, all sense goes out the window and she ignores me so, hopefully, at some point our trainer will tell me Molls is ready to join a group.
You've done so well with Cassie, she is obviously a happy dog with an interesting, full life. This is what Molly really needs.
I asked for a couple of sessions on our own because Molly is so desperate to play with other dogs, all sense goes out the window and she ignores me so, hopefully, at some point our trainer will tell me Molls is ready to join a group.
I'm sure that's a good idea, gives you all a chance to see where you're at, as it were. As I say, I still have issues with Cass and other dogs, but there are signs she is improving. It wouldn't be a problem in daily life, it's manageable, but is when GD training, especially if a new dog is there, initially. I have a trainer coming to help me soon.
I'm sure your trainer will help you through it and Molly will be flying. I look back and think about seeing video's from the like of @Beanwood and @Lara_Pigletina and thinking Cassie would never do what Bramble and the Pig were doing - long marks and blinds etc, but now she is!. So pleased I didn't give up Those things are what spurred me on!