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Old 07-06-2019, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Freddie and I are going to a show run by the retriever club of France as part of a festival of hunting.

Heís been entered into the beauty part of the show but Iíve also entered him for a TAN, a test of natural aptitude. A test for untrained dogs to see if they have, as the test suggests, a natural aptitude for retrieving. Itís a test of sociability, test that he has an interest in game (waking past a cage with birds in that he has to show interest in), a retrieve on land and in water. The water part will be fun as Iíve no idea if he can swim! Still, we have to start somewhere. Itís for puppies from 9 months to 15 months. A pass/fail that really counts towards nothing. I know he can retrieve but it remains to be seen if he can perform in a new environment.
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Good luck.

He should be OK in swimming, all the labs I've had were natural water dogs.

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Good luck Nicola, but most important, have fun!
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Good luck.

He should be OK in swimming, all the labs I've had were natural water dogs.

Iíve only had 1 out of 7 being real water dogs. Coco. Betty would dip her toes in. Milly, Carys and Lulu would run a mile rather than get their toes wet. The pups Iíve yet to find out.
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Iíve only had 1 out of 7 being real water dogs. Coco. Betty would dip her toes in. Milly, Carys and Lulu would run a mile rather than get their toes wet. The pups Iíve yet to find out.
You are lucky in a way.
I had to keep a stack of damp towels ready for mine. They headed straight to the field drainage ditches. If we had plenty of rain the ditches were clear water, after a dry spell they were smelly liquid mud.
A beck (brook) runs through the village and there's nearly always someone there with dogs.
I've yet to try Henry out in the beck.


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Chloe is another who would rather not get wet. Two seasons ago our shoot captain told me of a Pheasant which had landed on the other side of the brook, and could I get it for him please. I really had to give Chloe a helping hand with the toe of my boot, (figuratively speaking!!) She managed to jump most of the way across and swim the rest. After retrieving the bird she jumped most of the way back and swam the last little way to deliver the bird. She would still rather try to jump water rather than swim.

Amy was the opposite. Walk anywhere near the brook and she would be in!
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Good Luck from Me and Juice ❤️
All labs are different!!
My Cass kept her head above water and did a smooth glide, Soph flew in, did butterfly stroke and could retrieve, little rescue Dil walked in by accident and I was ready to get in to rescue her, she did two strokes, got out and I did the "Mommy is soooo proud" and gave her a bit of gravy bone ❤️
Juice paddled in the little pond on our local common and I threw small sticks for her, near to the edge. One day, a fabulous choccy lab flew in from the other side and swam about like an expert!! (It was Henry Bunch 😍 ) she was awestruck, a couple of days later, when it was quiet, she slowly walked in and that was it!! At five months she was like a little speedboat 😎
Hope you both have fun and enjoy it all xx
Chel and Juice xx 🐾🐾
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