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    Owned and trained by a couple of Labs and a Mini Schnitzel!

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  1. Aussie Pics

    Squeeee!! New baby Aussies!! Tempo is gorgeous, LP. Did Panto get one from your litter? Lucky duck!! Panto, get in here and share some photos pleeeease!
  2. Those Crazy Labradors

    All should be able to retrieve to some degree, but some are better at it than others (obviously the ones with retriever in their name are a good bet!) Not all gundogs point, they'd be more like your weims, GSPs and brittanys. I really don't know much about all gundogs - all I know is that Labradors are the best
  3. Those Crazy Labradors

    Nawwww, gorgeous pup!!! Where's she from? I'm in WA and hang around the ring when the gorgeous labbies are on so I'll probably see you in the ring As for a name, do you like human names or ones that are a bit different?
  4. To Vaccinate Or Not.

    I'm curious as I haven't read up on it before, what are the detrimental effects to health from over-vaccinating?
  5. Those Crazy Labradors

    Hi Lab lovers :) It's been a while since this thread has been active and since I've personally posted, so thought I'd come along and wish everyone a happy 2017 and leave you a photo of gundog fun at the beach! Any new puppies in this thread? If so, please post some photos! My 2 girls (the choc and yellow centre and back in photo) are now 10, so I'm hoping for a puppy in the near future
  6. Dog Xmas Photos

    I love this one too much to bother trying to get an updated one, so here is mine again! :)
  7. 2016 Training Goals!

    That is so completely awesome, Barb!!!! Triple Champion, what a dog!!!!! My news pales in comparison, but exciting for me nonetheless!! It's taken 5 very long years, but Ruby FINALLY got her ADX title, Yippeeeeeeeee!!!!!! It was certainly her day at the triple header agility trial yesterday, gaining not only her ADX title but her GD title :) She tries so hard but is a very very different dog to handle than Pippa and even Millie. She needs her paw held over every obstacle and her commitment point for a jump is virtually once she's landed from it :laugh: which makes me feel like an even messy handler than normal, but you gotta do what you gotta do! Saying that, though, she's my best distance dog strangely. If I can lock her on a line of jumps with enough momentum she's off while my other dogs aren't there yet (I should probably train distance work then :laugh: )
  8. Gundog Retriever Training

    Completed it also. Would be interested in the course :)
  9. NRD title finally achieved today, woot woot! Better late than never says the old girl, getting it at 9 years of age!!
  10. 2016 Training Goals!

    Ruby got her third novice retrieving win today for her NRD title! We also had our second attempt at a restricted retrieving trial. Still have heaps for both of us to learn but considering how novice we are at it, she's managed to bring back quite a few birdies! The old girl is really loving being back doing retrieving
  11. How's the shoulder and training coming along, TSD? I'm super, super chuffed with Ruby! We entered our very first restricted trial on the weekend. Never thought I'd get the guts to do that! We didn't get the first bird in novice but she was such a good girl in restricted and brought back ALL her birds!! Woweeee Exceeded my expectations for sure. First run was a double rise. Couldn't see where the bird landed from where I stood, so had to pray on this one Whilst we got out on this run, she still found her 2 birds :) Next up was a double mark, both across water. Fire first, leave, turn for second, send. The second landed further away than the first behind some dead trees and a bit of a hill so you couldn't see it once landed (nor the dog once there). After cheekily running the bank and umming and ahhing about the best place to enter the water, she went across to the area it landed. Had to hope and pray she wasn't messing about with it, but lo and behold, she appeared shortly after with the bird and back across she came. I cheerled the heck out of that! Picked up the second that was in the water, delivered, had a part-ay :D Third run was a mark and blind. When I called her up from the hide she was determined to head in the direction I had shot in for the blind. Finally managed to turn her for the mark, she got that (it landed not very far away over a hill), then lined her up for the blind. We have only ever done blinds on an oval and her confidence is not quite there with it yet. But blow me down! She was off in the right direction with confidence, overshot it so whistled her back, back she came and found it without too much fuss. What a good girl!!!
  12. 2016 Training Goals!

    The little ninja gained her ADX and RN titles the past 2 weekends, which brings us to the end of our training goals for the year already I shall extend on our goals then I guess! I'm not sure how realistic it will be to go for anything else this year due to my schedule, but I may as well aim big and go for ADM and RA ADM will be a massive one, this is the first dog I've had a real chance to try Masters Agility with. Will at least give it a red hot go :D
  13. Item About Victoria Stilwell

    Sheesh, she's still human, though! Shit still happens even to the best of us.
  14. 2016 Training Goals!

    Oh yes, she won't want to miss out! I will enter her in the odd games trial we have (had already entered her in the one in 2 weeks time), and keep doing Rally with her :) But as for general agility/jumping, no more trials for her. Have just done my online entries for the WA State agility trial in April, an already noticeable difference in my reduced entry fees minus one dog!! Still running the other 2, though, and that isn't cheap
  15. 2016 Training Goals!

    Well done in rally! Masters sure can be tricky My girls have had 3 goes each and have only managed 1 pass each so far. But the errors are mainly mine, not theirs