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Wonderful saturday and Tinks first....

Tinks Adventure walk
Tinks  had her first walk today on her own, another step in her training
This step will still all be fun and hopefully I will be able to teach her a lot without her even knowing it, 'it' all still being a great game to her.
She also went on the slip lead for the first time and straight away her bum went down onto the floor in sheer shock and protest.
"Mum, I can't go any further there is an Alien around my neck and mum it won't let go of me Mum" :)
Within a few moments though she was a lot happier and walked nicely by me. With that I picked her up and got a cuddle as I carried her up the lane to the field, what a sneaky mum am I ? he he he :)
Then into the field where after a she walked a short distance on lead by me she was off running around.
What was she really doing without knowing it? Quartering
I zig zag when walking in the field, therefore every time she noticed I had turned she would turn and come running after me and that is how we carried on up the field, thankfully no one saw me :))
 Well it worked on my Jay Jay who has a lovely pattern now, so hopefully it will work on Tinks. In a way it is also similar to what Mary Ray does with her young dogs as she  walks off in the opposite direction which makes the pups realise they have to keep an eye on her as she may have turned and be walking away from them. Just instead of going forwards and backwards I go left to right, which is what quartering is in it's simplest form :)
We had a few fun throws of the ball as well before we headed off back home, both of us stinking a bit as at one point Tinks found the pond, which at the moment is just a mud bath and a stinking mud bath at that, he he!
It was meant to be Ellies turn for her 'First trip out' today but with such bad weather Ellie will have to wait bless her!
Saturday afternoon Trainning  on a Shoot
Saturday afternoon was spent with Chris Burns of Breezeleaf kennels at a shoot where he was kind enough to impart some of his wisdom to us. It's a great session because of Chris, the environment and because another lady goes with her dog so we get to work side by side as you would on a shoot, Field trial or working test. 
I was pleased with how Jay Jay went at Nicks a fortnight ago and then at Chris's, working her was lovely and so enjoyable as she just flows with passion for what she is doing and so much drive. My job is often to just not get in her way, a job I still fail at sometimes but a job I am improving at, hopefully.
The added joy for Jay Jay and myself is that the sweet girl gets a reward for her hard work in the form of a flush, which she just doesn't get here :(( with it being all sheep fields therefore short grass all around us
Can't wait to get back there, especially with the shoot dates getting closer.

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