get off to a good start?
am getting the hang of this training thing now and spend
a lot of my time with my owner, The Dearest One
this has come about because………….well
to be honest with you peeps, I don’t know why this
has come about, and it seems to be a natural instinct.
Can’t help it
odd is that?
am still very young and have my moments of stubbornness,
but generally these ‘moments’ are getting
less and less (sort of) But I know that I should be with
my owner and I take all my orders from her. Even when
I’m chilled out and relaxing or out and about playing,
I know exactly where she is and check to make sure. If
we’re out together then I stay at her side, if she
stands still I sit with her, if she sits I lay down and
wait for the next move or the next command.
why this is I don’t know, but what I do know is
that it feels right and instinctive.
is my partner
thinks this is becoming so natural to me it’s getting
to be second nature – or haven’t I woke up
yet and this is all a dream
is 10 to 15 minutes every day without fail now and once
a week it’s out to High School to see how I’m
getting on and to develop my skills. Then it’s back
to the house to follow up on them.
as noted earlier I am still a growing boy and I have my
moments, however, some of the others at school? Oh Brother…….what
is a Springer that should have been born with waterproof
feathers, I sit next to the boss, and I watch and smile.
Its owner lets it off the lead and then proceeds to attempt
to train it to retrieve the dummy which has been thrown
about 10 metres across the field and AWAY from the lake,
the Springer then heads off straight into the river or
the lake nearby and off it goes like a small underpowered
radio controlled model, but it’s not a model and
it’s certainly not controlled. But a laugh it is
dummy?? Retrieved by its owner – of course
then follows a series of “come” “come”
“come here” “Oh please come back here
this is embarrassing” then after a minute or two
we then get “COME HERE YOU !@#$%^&*() DOG”
old soggy brain emerges from the depths and comes back
shaking the contents of its coat over the owner.
it spots a duck or even hears one…….no forget
it – you don’t want to know
the old black and white comedy movies? Well I don’t!!
remember the old Benny Hill shows and that music? Well
I don’t remember them either but if you do then
you know what the Springer looks like with its owner.
course I’m not like that at all…..much, ish,
well OK slightly like it but only at times. Honest
training is about individual styles and what the owner
wants i.e. Retrieve, flush and retrieve, track, hunt down
and flush the prey out into the open. It’s all relative
training at the moment and as noted in my previous journals
is about sit, stay and heel.
it for now
this training is NOT just for the gun dog. These basics
should be the foundation stone for me as a pet as well.
heard humans moaning about uncontrolled dogs – and
I sure as heck am not going to give them the chance to
moan about Claude – certainly not
here’s the thing?
those three elements must come as second nature to me
and I reckon that is why I am now staying close all the
time to the boss. You see I am learning that out in the
field working for real if I run off or can’t sit
still next to the gun I am useless to the shooter. On
the other hand if I am good and sit there until I am told
to go and work then I get rewarded, even at the time or
later. And from my developing understanding at the moment
it is damned good fun once I’m told to go
that is of course a part of it. In fact it’s a big
part of it? If there’s nothing to do then I conserve
energy for when the fun really begins, and when it’s
over then rest again until the next round. And and and…….if
I’ve been a really good boy – which is more
often than not!! Then she sneaks a treat to me
boss, but I like her!!
this I can do with ease!!
what’s new then you might ask?
might not ask, but I don’t care because I’m
going to tell you anyway!! Because I’m French and
therefore I can………
I’ve literally just started this new element to
my training so I’ll keep you up to date as things
progress – backwards or forwards – but I’ll
tell you because you’re nice people
am sat next to the Boss and on command with me at heel
we walk forwards about 10 meters or so and I then have
to sit. The Boss then throws the dummy out in front of
her and I must not move. So I don’t – or at
least I’m not supposed too, yet.
then do a 180 degree turn and with me at heel we walk
back to where we started from.
We turn around and I sit – then after a couple of
seconds I’m then sent out to get the dummy, with
the command ‘Go Back’
this is actually really interesting because I have to
work out where it is using the scent trail and of course
I have to ‘quarter’ to pick up the scent…….I
have to quarter to move both upwind and downwind to catch
a trace of that elusive scent.
I’m a Barbet and of course French and I really like
this training bit because it’s interesting and a
real challenge to me.
have a natural instinct for this and it did not take me
long to find the dummy and take it back to the boss for
heap load of fuss, and a secret handing over of the treat.
I don’t always get a treat but half the fun is not
knowing whether I will get one or not, but I like this
new training element because it makes me think and use
my natural talents.
still have to sit, stay and heel of course as these are
the basics and they are now making much more sense to
me as to why these have to be right and become second
nature to me.
retrieve is far more interesting as well because I have
to work at it and once that dummy has been thrown out
and we go back to where we began then the perspective
gosh…..that is so cool for one still so young –
mind you I am Claude Barbet
beginning to think I’m the French Canine version
of James Bond!!!!!
JB drive a Subaru)?
Barbet……..oh oh seven!!! (It’ll never
peeps that’s it for this time round and don’t
worry I will keep you updated……
Oh seven will be back in……