PUP IS UP. It’s an extended summer for us this weekend as temps soar into the mid-80s and a warm stretch settles in. It may be a bit hot for your grouse and partridge opener, so spend some time on the water, or take your pup out for a few more training exercises before the safe part of the season comes later in the month. We talk about that in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Training a puppy isn’t easy, but whatever exercises you can work into your schedule – like a few quick retrieves on the front lawn – pay off down the road. Simonson Photo.)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 9/8 – Switch in the wind. Hi 83, Lo 53, Winds SE @ 14, G 22.
Tomorrow: Sat 9/9 – A fine nine-nine. Hi 84, Lo 55, Winds SSE @ 12, G24.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:13AM Sunset: 8:07PM
Moonrise: 9:40PM Moonset: 9:43AM
Overhead: 3:21AM Underfoot: 3:46PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (94% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 9:15 – 10:15AM. Utilize moonset and a slightly rising wind to catch a solid bite this morning. Call it an early weekend and use the last of the full moon’s tug to hook into some fish with today’s Edge Hour.
THREE THINGS. DEO’s Nick Simonson shares three quick tips for puppy training – things he’s learned and re-learned in the past couple months with his new yellow lab.
PATIENCE. It’s not just a Guns n Roses song. The big thing I’ve had to relearn is that things don’t happen overnight, and frustration with that fact doesn’t help improve a pup’s behavior. Take it one day at a time, one walk at a time, one retrieve at a time and start over the next day if necessary.
PRACTICE. Whether you’re working with wings or just basic commands, being consistent is key. Make training of some sort part of your daily routine. Squeeze a few basic command moments in before work or at lunch, and put in 15-20 minutes of scent or wing training before or after dinner. Getting out there is a big part of getting it down.
PEE (and POOP). This stuff is going to happen in the house. Keep a sharp eye and timely exit ready at all times, or alternatively, kennel-train your dog to start and save the transfer into the house for a later date and a more mature bladder. The latter is the route I have elected in the last three weeks, and it’s worked out well.
Stick with the Three Ps and Stay Sharp!