Jam's training was focused on getting her to swim with confidence. Unlike her sister Savi, who is a fish in the water, Jam would rather watch from the sidelines. To help instill confidence, we put a long line on Jam and used a technique called a restrained recall to get her to swim across the water to me.
We were quite impressed watching Mia-belle during her water and land retrieves and know that not only will she be ready for her NRD (Novice Retrieving Dog) this fall , but on her way to getting her RD (Retrieving Dog) title as well.
The next day was obedience Tuesday, with Trixie being our main focus. Since she was entered in obedience in Greenville, I wanted to do open obedience exercises and run throughs in a new environment and have Diane, who is an accomplished obedience competitor, watch and give us feedback. We had a great lesson and Trixie did well. I was then able to work Savi and Jam in Diane's group classes, which Jess assists, and enjoyed Diane's philosophy and teaching style. What a treat to see where Mia-belle trains and meet Jess' mentor and friend, Diane.
Our whirlwind trip to Wilmington was over and on Wednesday the 27th, we packed up and drove across the beautiful state of North Carolina to Debbie and Sky's house. More on that later...