Picture this, it's 2011, Henna and I have been training for hunt tests for about a year. Henna is performing great at practice; she marks teriffic, retrieves beatifully and has great DRIVE. We feel we are ready to go into a hunt test. Enter our first hunt test, Henna does water first, two perfect retrieves (after first having to say HI to the decoys). Then comes land, Henna watches the bird go down, marks it PERFECTLY (whereas others were struggling with it), goes out, grabs the bird, starts to bring it back and then it goes downhill fast!! Henna doesn't finish her retrieve but instead decides she wants to play keep away or catch me if you can and enjoy her find. FRUSTRATING. I showed her one more time and when she pulled the same thing again, my confidence in the field at shows with her was shot. So, I enlisted the help of Andrew with Happy Tails Dog Training to take Henna into the field during shows and get her a title on her. Well, Andrew showed her in 5 UKC shows and earned 4 qualifying scores, completing her SHR title this weekend! I'm so happy that I have a lab that is proven in the field and knows how to do what Labs should know how to do! Thank you Andrew!!!
Melissa Kraner is an active dog enthuastist. She has been training dogs (or people) for 16 years and has taken her dogs to many obedience, agility, flyball and dock diving titles.