Yesterday we got a few inches of snow. Today is our normal training day and despite a temperature of 26 degrees (“feels like” temp of 18 degrees) off we went to training. Due to some various issues we have not had any training for a month. Mario will be away for the month of January so we felt that even with the cold and snow we wanted to get some training in before he leaves.
We started as usual with tracking. I set a track for Aiden with 4 turns and 3 articles. He had one moment of confusion where a coyote appeared to have crossed my track as we saw fresh paw prints that were not there when I set the track. Aiden checked the coyote track but got right back on my track. Overall he nailed it!
Obedience phase. Since September when Aiden passed the BH Mario has not wanted us to do any formal heeling. Today, due to the slippery conditions, we did the basic IPO1 heeling pattern as we were not doing the jump, A-Frame or voraus. We did do the retrieve on the flat.
Protection phase. Again, because of the conditions, we did not do any blind searches or even set up a blind but used this storage container for the bark and hold. We also practiced the escape bite and just one long bite.
Aiden waiting for me with his best buddy, Mario.