My fascination-appreciation of dog training had me crossing over to the retriever world today. The Lake Champlain Retriever Club held an NAHRA licensed field test in Swanton/Alburgh. An event like this so close to home I had to check it out. (I apologize for the terminology faux pas throughout)
This guy is actually being quite naughty. Ideally the dog will swim out, retrieve the duck and return it directly to the handler. On a great day (for the handler) the duck can be taken from the dogs mouth – ‘delivered to hand’. On a good day (for the handler) the dog will drop the duck in close proximity to handlers feet. On a really really bad day (for the handler) the dog will, don a happy little grin and wade around in the muddy water approximately 2-4′ out of reach and repeatedly dunk the duck in front of the judges. Regardless of how it goes the handler, the dog has had a GREAT day.