Last year, 2 of my dogs were the first ever to participate in a hunting trial for gundogs ( BICP). No Barbet in France had ever attempted it. My dogs being real good swimmers and retrieve ducks and dummies on land too, I thought we would go for it. I fear not ridicule if it helps show the way to others. We did rather well and if you follow my activities, you know that.
Well this year, I thought we would try to be better and less novice-type and so I started asking questions…so, in a nutshell: do this don’t do that don’t work in your garden because that is where they play, do this and that and remember that basic obedience is the most important.We don’t go there to check it out, we go there to participate properly. Not everything is a question of winning, but doing it for the dogs to enjoy themselves.( and to promote the breed?)
We are doing retrieving on land. Hold. Heel.Apporte. Cherche. Both languages because the words are shorter here and there and anyway, it’s too late to change.
May I add that, contrary to popular belief, the dogs do need to see, so don’t make him/her look ridiculous ( and consequently you) by having a full bush of hair in front of his or her eyes. Keep in mind that the topknots get caught in barbed wire, which hurts them and therefore decide what you want the dog to do.A thick busky coat is a “nono” for hunting.Froguette left and below Froggy.
They need to see…there are still so many dogs walking around blind despite that info having been given at Symposium, and very often ignored.
Froggy can dive just like his sister. This is not enough to participate in a working trial. If you don’t know what to do, find a professional trainer and seek help.The breed’s reputation is at state.
For more information, consult the blog below. Fiona is very knowledgeable and always willing to help.