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Bad Start to the week, Perfect End

What a week that was!
We did think we would have to move before christmas but now, thankfully we will not be moving till the the end of the shooting season :)
We had a terrible sunday, sunday the 23/9, when I went to Chris of Breezleaf spaniels for a lesson and other people turned up.
All my old nerves reared its ugly head and my nerves totally effected Jay Jay. I fell over, boot laces came undone 3 times and Jay Jay was really getting sick of me on the whistle.
Monday we headed off to shoot land and found we were like two people with a hangover (except one was a dog) from that bad session on sunday, but by firday my sweet angel was back and was a darling.
I really get a buzz from watching that girl work on game, her drive and passion is something to behold and her honesty and loyalty is a blessing she grants me that I do not deserve.
This sunday at the group session however I was less nervous, far calmer and stayed upright, what a relieve. Jay Jay was far happier with me and pleased to have her normal mum back and she worked hard.
She is ready for the trialling season, though I might not be because of my nerves? Still, we shall see as I have improved but one will only know when the
time comes. 
If she goes wrong though, it will not be her fault but mine. 
I think a lot of people don't take ownership that it was their fault the dog went wrong, not the dogs fault. Handlers train their dogs and a young dog is a clean sheet when one starts, so if that dogs gets a bad habit or starts to ignore the handler etc, it is the handler fault as somewhere in the training the handler went wrong. Or the handler is not excepting the dogs natural capabilities and is expecting more than the dog can give.
Ellie and Tinks also came with us this sunday and both Gary and myself were very pleased with them.  
They did have us in stitches though when we were lined up with 3 other dogs and a dummy was thrown in with by Chris, whooshhhhh off our two went whilst all the other dogs sat there as good as gold watching as our two ran as fast as they could to get to the dummy he he he  
Apart from that, they were gems with Ellie flushing her first Pheasant and sitting to flush and Tinks running straight and true to a dummy that was thrown further than she
had  ever gone before.
Both stayed focused on us and not on the other dogs, handlers or on one another, which blows the theory that you cannot keep two pups of the same age as to do so would mean that the pups would not be focused on the handler but focused on one another. 
They also came with us onto shoot land this week, Ellie one day with Jay Jay and Tinks one day with Mia. They really enjoyed it and also flourished.  
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