Thursday, July 19, 2012

From Foxtails to Tarweed in Thirty Seconds

Gosh, it seems like only a week or two that we've been able to work the dogs without worrying too much about the foxtails. There are still some foxtails about but they are low, and falling down. Just so we didn't get too comfortable, this week I noticed that our other little green friends have started poking their heads up from between the dry grasses...the tarweed plants. Ugh!

If you are not familiar with tarweed it's an obnoxious little plant that has a nasty smell to it...and it has an oily substance that sticks to dog's fur, which then attracts dirt and makes a clingy mixture that is hard to get out. Just lovely.

If you need a visual, here is a picture of a happy dog from years past who has been working in a tarweed-infested field. Too bad we don't have scratch-n-sniff on Blogger.

On the positive side we had good lessons with our trainer this past Sunday. This occasion was way overdue because we haven't had a coaching session since February! I've just been so busy with work and schedules just never seemed to mesh. The weather was too hot, or I didn't have free time at the right time, or there were trials to attend. Finally it all came together. 

Ryme was pretty jacked up at first but he finally did settle down some and showed some of the things he can do. I'd say he started out at about 50% of what he can do at home and moved up to about 75-80% by the time we were finished. He is still very much a work in progress. His outruns were the problem area, which was not a surprise. Ryme's driving, though, was absolutely lovely, and at a good pace which earned me a  compliment for "keeping up" with such a good clip. Yeah!

Coal got to do two big-boy outruns with a sort of a "geometry problem" involved (so to speak) that the real big boys are working on to prepare for major events. I was quite pleased that sent to either side he accomplished the goal of the day. Woo-hoo! And then Coal ripped a foot pad on each front foot, on the dry ground, and that was the end of that. Yep, summer marches on!

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