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Up until recently I was working our blind retrieves with white or black/white bumpers.  Cheating a bit I know but the goal was to increase Piper’s confidence as we stretched things out beyond 75 yards.  Even if she locked in visually at 60-70 yards and drove hard the remaining distance she still needed to take the right line to the bumper or she would end up having to be handles.  Well last night Conner placed a number of “orange” bumper blinds that ranged from 60-90 yards and Piper did really well running hard to all of them.  Not only did she not loose confidence along the way but she held her lines for the most part resulting in her running over many of the planted bumpers.  We also worked over varied terrain that included running up and over a series of mounds leading to the bumpers.  I was supper happy with the evening session, lets hope it translates into more of the same as we push forward!

Update:  Went out again last night and set up 8 blinds that varied in distance from 40-80 yards.  I fanned them out to see if Piper would be pulled towards the last retrieve.  Only on one blind did she want to return to the previous spot and I was able to handle her away from it.  These were all low cover blinds but they were through obstacles and up and over small hills.  On a couple of occasions I lost sight of Piper and had to hope she pushed on so I could see her again in case she needed to be handled.  In hindsight probably not the best arrangement but it worked out.  Going to give her a night off from the blinds and maybe just have an evening of fun bumpers and letting her run wherever she wants.  Think she has earned it so far this week.  One thing I need to do is more “messy” bird work and marking in water she needs to swim in.  Still a bit hesitant to get in after that bumper at times.

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Well we started our Easter Sunday like most with an Easter egg hunt.  Always fun to watch the kids tear around the house in search of the many eggs the “bunny” hid the night before.  Then it was a breakfast of champions, candy!!!!!

Later it was time to head to St Louis Ponds for a nice long walk and some training.  We all went because this time of year when you get a few nice warm days the snakes are out in full force.  Conner is our resident snake charmer pouncing on any he can get his hands on.

All smiles....He was busy!

He was busy!  Piper was curious but didn’t care much for the snakes.  I didn’t encourage it either because once we head east of the Cascades we are officially in poisonous snake country.  Piper’s water work left a little to be desired but I’m thinking she was taking Easter off.  Plus it was the first time in 6 months that we had been to St Louis Ponds and she had a laundry list of distractions that were more interesting than that bumper.  I did sneak a few retrieves in but they were nothing to write home about.  We all have bad days and this was one for Piper.  So rather than making it miserable for all of us we ended on an easy mark.  We’ll give it a go tomorrow and hope for more enthusiasm and focus.

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Conner did a great job tossing marks for Piper this evening but he did an even better job handling her.  Yes, the little man is now working Piper while I toss the marks.  We have been working on his handling skills and he is doing a great job.  Nothing more than single marks at this point but he has it down and Piper is really working well under his watch.  If they continue to make progress I could see Conner running Piper at our 4th HRC Started event and bring home the gold.  How cool would that be?

Ready to get to work!!!!

Ready for work!!!!

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Watch out here I come....

I think that pretty much sums up how Piper felt about the quail.  Figured I would get a different scent in front of her and see how they worked since they are a bit less expensive than chukar, pheasant, or ducks.  Anyway she loved the fact that we planted the fieled with more birds but due to their size and their tendency to hold she was able to pin most all the birds down with an aggressive flush.  We’ll toss in a hen pheasant next time to see what she thinks…….Conner was along to help and let me tell you he was incredible.  He planted all the birds for me while I took Piper out of view of the field and returned to let me know we were all ready. He did a great job scattering them around the field so that Piper really had to work for them.  As you can see both he and Piper posed for a few great photos after a morning of hard work.

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