A trained retriever needs two very important skills: to be steady and to honor another working dog. These two skills are almost as important as a nice retrieve. They are not only important for hunt tests, but they are also important skills for a hunting dog to master.
In yesterday’s post, I showed Freighter training “honor“.
“Honor” is where the dog waits in a specified area while marks are thrown for another dog. The “honor” dog must not enter the field or interfere with the working dog. It can be difficult for the honor dog to just sit and watch, but sit there he must.
A dog is considered “steady” when it can sit quietly at heel until its handler releases it to retrieve.
I took a few pictures of Saturday’s training with my old camera. It was snowing quite hard, so I did not want to chance…
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