..but have been keeping busy.
Tilly is doing well with trailing I am finally focused on her and hope to certify her this winter. Age, asphalt etc no problem our big one is working through massive distraction so I am backing up to fresh short trails through everything we can imagine. We figure she does well with urban settings at that is where I want to focus her.
I just moved her to a heavier harness - an elite K9 2" non restrictive web harness from a lighter ruffwear harness. We will see how that goes and am looking for a better line for winter. My light beta biothane is actually pretty easy to grip even when wet, but the small clip and winter are not getting along well and I don't think it will work with the new harness. This is what I got..LOL...may wind up in the big pile of unused dog gear. We will see......
Deluxe Nylon Tracking Harness-Elite K-9
Tilly pulls like a freight train when she is on a hot section of trail and even with anchoring my right hand on my hip it is all I can do to maintain balance.
Two suggestions for gear?
Tracking line. I am thinking of just using 8mm accessory cord or tubular webbing and do have a heavier biothane line I can play with -- The biothane does do well at not picking up briars and we go through briars. No problem with this one breaking brush if she needs to.
GLOVES! I need gloves. My 63 year old fingers absolutely freeze and get stiff but I need the friction and control and feel. I hate gloves. I hate hats. I need both.
Beau is Beau. Still going strong at 7 (will be 8 in July). We have a team policy we cannot talk about searches but he is a good dog. Hard to think he will be having his 7th NAPWDA certification test in April.
I have now lost a lot of weight and am actually at my goal weight and working on strength training. I will say to ANYONE who wants to work a trailing dog. Of all the disciplines you must be strong and fit!