Ghillie's Report Card

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Re: Ghillie's Report Card

Post by trekmoor » Wed May 16, 2018 2:13 pm

My daughter and my wife wanted to go shopping so the pup got dumped off onto me. I'd intended to go fishing but do wummin care what I want ? Not that I've ever noticed !

The pup and me and Ghillie set off for the park beside a local pond. It's a nice day here for a bit of "waterwork" so I killed two birds with one stone by going there.....some splashing about in the little burn that is the ponds intake and a few retrieves given well out into the short grass of the nearby park.
All went well with the water and with the retrieving.

I went to the little burn first at a place where it drops about 6 feet down into a very shallow pool. The drop down is not vertical, it is at about 45 degrees and is studded with boulders. Kurt ...the pup, was fine with the burn in general but he really liked that little waterfall. He picked his way up and down it and across it many times. It was the very fast running water he liked and the bits of froth and bubbles carried down with the water. He reminded me of a bear trying to catch salmon at a waterfall as he did his best to catch the patches of foam.

Ghillie's obvious love of water and of running or swimming up and down burns is helping this pup to at least try going into water. I prefer pups to enter water "naturally" if possible and having a keen water dog like Ghillie there showing the pup there is nothing to be afraid of is a considerable help . I threw no dummies or balls into the burn or over it even though the water is only inches deep ....I do not want this pup's first water retrieve to result in a possible refusal.

From there I moved out on to the grass of the park. Most of it was short but it had numerous patches of 5 -6 inches high grass too.
I was using a 1/2 lb. plain canvas dummy with the throwing toggle and string removed.....pups often like to play with toggles and bits of cord. Kurt has shown me many times that he will go to dummies or balls , grab them .....and kill them ! My hope was to counteract that tendency by using such a plain dummy. I hoped that since the dummy itself wasn't much fun to play with and that the rather boring short grass all around him gave him little to be distracted by, he'd come back to me for his "fun" in the form of praise and another dummy throw.

It worked very well. He did four retrieves on the trot with the only fault being that he did a "run past" every time before turning to bring me the dummy. I will settle for that at the moment.

I had a few bad moments as I walked back to my car. A woman walked by with two westies and Kurt went to them and followed them and the woman for nearly 80 yards before I managed to recall him . The woman marched on regardless of the puppy following her dogs. I had to follow along behind as fast as I could and was on the point of collapse by the time Kurt returned to me. I put him on the lead then retraced my steps back to the car where I had to just sit for about 5 minutes before being able to drive home.

I also noticed today that he needs a lot more socialising with strange people and especially with toddlers. He was very unhappy when two toddlers ran to him , he ran off for a short distance.

Wullie
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Re: Ghillie's Report Card

Post by trekmoor » Thu May 17, 2018 1:48 pm

The GSP pup got dumped off with me again today for a few hours. I'm beginning to wonder who's pup this is !
I took him and Ghillie back to the parkland beside the burn where he once more went paddling . This time he wasn't even following Ghillie into and over the burn , he went through it all by himself.

The retrieving over the grass did not go as well as it did yesterday. He lay down to chew the dummy 15 -20 yards away from me and took a bit of coaxing before he returned with it .....then he did run-by's and lay down to chew it again ! The little sod !

It's a good job I can't move fast now ..... I was feeling like marmalizing his ar$e !

As I went down into a sitting position on the grass to coax Kurt in to me, Ghillie was sitting right behind me watching all this and I could almost hear her saying ...." Tut-tut ! Would you look at that pups behaviour ! I'm sure I never behaved like that." :roll:

When I come back in my next existence I'm gonna insist to "Big G" that it is as a hamster racer or a tiddlywinks player....gundogs are pants !

Wullie
If at first you don't succeed .....find out if there is a booby prize !
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Re: Ghillie's Report Card

Post by trekmoor » Tue May 22, 2018 10:52 am

Despite the GSP pup being with me on Fri, Sat and Sunday I did next to nothing with him. I just wasn't feeling up to it. All he got was two dummies thrown out in the cul-de-sac for as far as I could throw them .....about 20 yards. He brought them back by the scenic route going in and out of the parked cars out on the road but at least he brought them back.

He is now 16 weeks old and is sprouting like a bean shoot, he is already about the height of a spaniel ...or a bit more and it is time I began to do some obedience training with him before he gets too big and strong ....and headstrong....for me to manage. He is here again on Friday .....let battle commence !

Wullie
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