Duck Dog's Masters
Dog Masters - Tolling Test, Where everyone is a Winner.
a year of preparations and training the puppies from toller bitch Decoymans
Piper Pippi´s litter finally started in their first tolling working test in
April. Not only did they celebrate their first birthday on April 6th,
a week later their performance as tolling gun dogs was indeed judged by John
Norris, decoyman at the Nacton decoy in Suffolk, UK and renowned Toller breeder.
test was held at Kojtet Lake in south Sweden, a lake known for its excellent
waterfowling conditions and therefore a suitable place for a tolling test.
Springtime had barely reached these parts of Sweden, though little did it affect
the work performed by Pippi´s pups.
pups are trained to the gun, with a focus on their natural abilities and will to
please. Hence puppy training started at five weeks, and has since continued in a
playful and soft manner. That rough treatment nor cruel training devices has no
place here, goes without saying. Obviously puppies trained this way will be able to
perform well already during the upcoming waterfowling season.
test was divided into different levels so that each handler could choose a level
suitable for the development stage of his dog. Thus making it possible for all
participants to go through the test feeling like winners. A tolling working test
should be as similar to a real life tolling situation as possible: a blind next
to the shore line, a tolling path, a gun waiting in the blind and preferably
puddlers used as game. The test entails three tolling retrieves, three single
marked retrieves and free search for five blind retrieves in an area of forty by
judge John Norris picked his winner: Duck Dogs Tollare Gunner. Handler Joakim
Bjorklund and Gunner showed some really fine work.
wish to congratulate Joakim and Gunner to the big win as well as the other
participants who came in second. Last but not least we wish to thank John for
judging Duck Dog Masters in such a fantastic way, like always teaching us so
much by sharing from his vast experience of waterfowling and by the way he
always makes the tolling tests so memorable for handlers and dogs alike.
and Maria Stenebo, Duck Dog's, Sweden
A pleasure - as always
Hi everyone, first of all may I congratulate you all on how well you have done in the training of your tollers. It's not every day you get to see a litter of dogs together at one time, let alone in a working environment, so as you can see from the winning dog Duck Dogs Tollare Gunner. Handled by Joakim Bjorklund, you can get better, so keep up the good work.
It was nice to see the faces of the happy owners whose dogs hadn't been in water light up when all of their dogs successfully and happily ended up in the water on the training day, you don't get a dog with webbed feet for nothing you know, they all swim in time.
Anyway, thank you for having me over and looking after me so
well, and I look forward to seeing some of you at the Toller Specialty in
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