HR Shadowhill's The Hunter's Blu Shadow JH - Blu

HR Shadowhill's The Hunter's Blu Shadow JH - Blu

Blu went to Michigan this weekend to run in a hunt test for his AKC Jr. Title.  He passed on Saturday!  Today he passed his first AKC Sr. Test.  He had a 100 yard blind and honored.  He did a wonderful job.  One of the judges from Saturday’s test thanked my Trainer and Handler Mike Carosello for demonstrating such speed!

Blu has passed all of his hunt tests thus far without failure which includes UKC/HRC and AKC hunt tests.  He is 12 for 12.  Nothing drives this dog more than retrieving.  He eats, sleeps and breathes retrieving.

We are off in a couple of weeks to try for the next two legs of his Sr. Title.  Hopefully he will have it soon and then we will work on his HRCH Title this fall as well as his Master Title.

Blu’s father is HRCH  Maple Creeks Captain Morgan MH owned by Bill and Marcia Butikas.  You can view Morgan’s pedigree by clicking on the following link. Morgan Pedigree

HRCH Maple Creek's Captain Morgan MH

HRCH Maple Creek's Captain Morgan MH

Once Blu has all of his HRC/UKC and all of his AKC Titles, we will be offering him at stud.  People have already been inquiring about Blu but we have not yet had his hips, elbows and eyes tested.  He is only a year and a half old.  So, in time folks he will be ready!  He still has a lot of work yet to do and he is having a lot of fun doing it!

Blu and I hope to see you at the line.

Wendy Porch
Shadowhill Retrievers

HR Shadowhill's The Hunter's Blu Shadow - Blu

HR Shadowhill's The Hunter's Blu Shadow JH - Blu

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Webfoot Kennel - Tara

Webfoot Kennel - Tara

This will be the final lesson for Platform Training and it will be off-lead.  Please remember to always use caution when using an Electronic Collar.  If not careful, you can do more harm to a dog than good if an Electronic Collar is misused.

Webfoot Kennel - Jake

Webfoot Kennel - Jake

Start your lesson with the lead on and heel your dog while commanding “Kennel” to the platform from all four sides.  With and without Electronic Collar pressure, keep it light and happy.  Now remove the lead if you feel your dog is ready and has not needed the assistance of the lead to get on or off the platform.  Up to this point, you have been moving towards the platform and have had the assistance of a lead if your dog needed assistance.

Webfoot Kennel - Zoey

Webfoot Kennel - Zoey

Heel your dog next to you at one of the four starting points that you have chosen.  Command “Heel” and move towards the platform while commanding “Kennel.”  Try it again this time while dropping the lead and use stimulation only when needed.

Go back to the starting point and remove the lead.  Heel the dog and start towards the platform while commanding “Kennel” and keep moving if needed to help your dog reach the platform.  Use collar pressure as needed.  Repeat lesson.  Each time, you move less and less until you can send the dog to the platform on the command “Kennel” from all four sides.

Webfoot Kennel - Augie

Webfoot Kennel - Augie

Once your dog is going to the platform with no assistance, try the same principle on a dog stand, in a dog crate and in a boat!  Start each new place at the beginning as we did with the platform lessons.  Each time you teach your dog to kennel to another place, the lessons should advance much more quickly.

If you have any questions or need any help, please don’t hesitate to reply to this blog or contacting Mitch or myself.

You can contact Mitch at Webfoot Kennel.  You can contact me at Total Retriever Photography

I hope you have enjoyed learning about platform training.  Please come back next week to read, Training With Mitch.

Mitch and I hope to see you at the line!!

Wendy
Total Retriever Photography

Mickey and Noah fishing

July 16, 2010

Tired and Hungry

July 16, 2010

I’m waiting at the hospital to have surgery. At 11:am this morning. I haven’t been able to eat for two days and I haven’t had coffee today. I also didn’t sleep a wink last night.

After surgery, I want to stop at the gourmet coffee shop downstairs for a large latte and then go to a steakhouse and have French Onion Soup, an app and a filet mignon, medium rare. After I eat, I want to go home to my room, pull the shades, turn on my Scentsy Burner (I have plumeria in it now) turn AC down low, turn on my fan, get bed and sleep until morning.

I’ll let you know how my steak turns out!

Wendy

Hi everyone.  Just a note to let you know that Augie, a phenomenal yellow lab is up for “Retriever Line-Up”  next week.   I have sent his trainer and owner their interview questions to answer.

I have handled and watched Augie work.  I love watching this dog work.  I do believe you will enjoy reading about him and looking at his photos.

I actually took a close up of his head so I could print a 4 x 12 of just his eyes.  I sent the photo to his trainer.  I took this photo when he was watching another dog work.  He pays attention.  He watches, he learns.  I printed his eyes because I saw him thinking when he was watching the other dog.  I should have been paying attention and photographing the dog working but I couldn’t stop watching Augie.  Look at his photo, you will see what I am talking about.

Augie watching another dog work

Augie watching another dog work

On deck is “Maple Creek’s Captain Morgan – Morgan,” owned by Bill and Marsha Butikas of Blindfaith Retrievers.  Everyone who watches this dog loves him and wants him in their blind and kennel.  One man said at a hunt test, “I hate that dog because he is so darn good.”  I have photos of Morgan from last year but they are on the other computer.  You can see Morgan and read about him at Blindfaith Retrievers .

I will be seeing Marcia, Bill and Morgan soon to take photos for his “Retriever Line Up.  So be checking back in a month to 6 weeks to read all about Morgan and to watch him work.

In the hole is “Lone Oak’s Ten Gauge – Gauge.”  Chad Bartles of Cahokia Creek Kennel is the owner.  Gauge is one of my wall of fame retrievers along with Brody and Tick.  I will never forget the money shot of Gauge that I took in St. Louis, MO.  I had goose bumps and was shaking and had tears in my eyes.  This dog can teach most trainers anything they need to know.  He can teach new handlers what to do.

Next fall, I am hoping to breed my Angel with Gauge.  When this breeding takes place, I will only sell these pups to hunters and/or someone who is wanting to run them in hunt tests or field trials.  Both dogs learn easily and love their job.  They have a lot of desire and drive.  They would not make good couch potatoes.  The pups could possibly be a working pet but they would need exercise and training.  Most pet owners wouldn’t understand their blood line, desires and needs.  Angel is out of Clubmead’s Road Warrior, “Chopper.”

Check back for my Retriever Line Up.  I do hope you enjoy reading it.  If you want to check archived articles, please scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on previous blogs.  You can read and view older blogs!

We hope to see you at the line!

Wendy Porch

TotalRetriever.net

TotalRetriever.net

View from my front yard

View from my front yard

Good morning!  This is what I see when I go out to my front yard to have coffee each morning.  One morning the sky and reflection off the water are blue’s and purple’s and the next it’s orange and yellow.  I will post another photo and they were taken two different days around the same time.

I can’t tell you how relaxing it is to sit on the deck and listen to the water, the frogs, to watch the Blue Heron on the log across the water and to then see the geese flying in.  Morning is my quiet time and I look forward to waking up each morning to have my own time watching and listening to nature.

Morning view

Morning view

Have a lovely day.  I hope you have a special place to enjoy your little piece of nature!

Wendy Porch

Noah, Blu and Angel

Noah, Blu and Angel

The above photo is from left to right, Blu, Angel and my grandson, Noah.  Noah was watching the blue gill in the water and the dogs wanted to check out Noah to see what he was doing.  I thought this photo was just precious.  The dogs watched out after the kids while they were playing in and near the water.  You would have thought Angel was Noah’s nanny.  It was a sight to see.

Mickey and her fish

Mickey and her fish

My Grandchildren, Mickenzie and Noah visited me the past few weekends.  Noah loved fishing but to my surprise, Mickey was the one who constantly hounded me to fish.  The first words out of her mouth when she woke up each morning was, “Grandma, may I go fishing?”  They had a ball and they kept me busy.

If they weren’t fishing, they were in the lake with the Labradors.  Noah wanted to fish while playing in the water.  If they weren’t fishing or playing in the lake, they were feeding the geese!  We lived on the decks and on the dock for nearly 4 days.

Mickey watched a goose come up and take the food right out of my hand so she bent over the dock as I did and waved the food in front of the goose.  The goose ate out of her hand as well.

I think I may have a few Jr. Handlers to take with me to a fall hunt test.  They picked up on commands easily and enjoyed handling the dogs in the water.  They actually did a great job!

Noah is my little hunter.  Soon he will be going hunting with the Labradors.  He constantly talks about wanting to turkey and deer hunt.

Good night!

Wendy

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July 10, 2010

What is everyone doing this weekend?

I am working and then picking up my two grandchildren Saturday.  We are going to fish, take photos and watch the fireworks.

Sunday I may be running to Carlinville to snap some photos of Augie for my next Retriever Line-up, taking my grandchildren back home and then I’ll drive back home to relax.

What are your plans?

Wendy Porch