Roadwork has begun here at Casa Rose Hill. Since I plan on spending the majority of my fall and winter in the hunting field, it’s time. Cuda, Van Geaux, Bebe, Sonnet, Bo. I trade them off, everybody works on alternating days. They have gotten soft over the summer. The dogs that have hunted, they know the game is afoot. Cuda stretches the bungee lead to the fullest extent. He is one of two dogs that I work that live to sprint. None of this slow stuff, at least not if they had their way. They run with wild abandon, I just try to keep up. Then when they have had their fill, they drop into that low, swinging ground eating trot. The one that will take them to their prey when the time comes. It’s not what you see in the show ring. The ring trot is inefficient, a field trot needs to be something they can maintain while working. It’s low, efficient, lighter than air. Not huge, forward, driving……..none of the bullshit descriptions of a “show dog trot”. You know it when you see it, unless, of course, your dogs don’t do it. And if your dogs don’t do it, you sure better start wondering why.
Thought for the day: Speed isn’t everything, it’s the ONLY thing. I don’t give a shit how agile your slow dog is. If you can’t get up to where the prey is, then agility don’t count for shit. At least a fast dog stands a chance of just flat running something down. A slow dog doesn’t even have that.