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May 24, 2010

River, the Upcoming Working Retriever!

River doing what a Retriever was meant to do!!!

River is in the process of learning to be a real retrieving dog. Riv doesn't seem to be enjoying Agility very much so my hoomie thought, why not train him to be a bird dog instead since he has quite high prey drive. When the bird (it's a dead chicken) was introduced to him, Riv happily carried it around & even retrieved it a few times on command. Basically they're just gonna do this for fun because Malaysia does not have any clubs or competitions for working Retrievers. So all this learning & training will basically be DIY. I know Riv will very soon be a great working dog!


Dennis the Vizsla said...

"I'm bringin' chickens back ... YEAH! ... you other dogs don't know how to act ... YEAH! ..."

Khyra, Khousin Merdie, And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We so are what we are!

Whether it be a Siberian or a Golden Retriever!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie



Just stopped by to bark at you and introduce ourselves. We're the Desert Pups from Tucson and it's nice to meet you. We saw that picture of the bird and we just went crazy!!!!! We love chasing birds, rabbits and gohers.

Desert Pups,
Toby, Norman, Keiko and The Ghost of Scuba


We meant to say gophers, not gohers. We blame Mom for all of our spelling mistakes.

Desert Pups

Sam said...

Very cool!


Samantha said...

Hi Amber! It has been waaay too long since we visited - can't believe River is doing so great with the bird hunting! Wowzers - too bad there are no clubs there - he looks like a natural! Cluck cluck!
Hugs xo

Hero said...

Way to go, River! It's always great seeing a dog do what he was originally bred for. Once we settle into our new home in Maryland my mom wants to look into getting me into tracking or some basic gun dog training just for fun. For now I love swimming out far into the Chesapeake to retrieve my ball, but I'd love to know what it feels like to retrieve a dead bird. All I know is that they're great for carrying and rolling around on.

Sunshade said...

Hey Amber!!!!

Your baby is growing up and following in your footsteps. That is amazing what River is naturally doing with the chicken. It it were us, terriers, there wouldn't have been any chicken left!

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

I just noticed that in the word Retriever, there is River name, how cute.
I'd be very happy if my mom uses a real bird to lure me into training, I'll do anything for food!
And by the way, would you please swing by my blog to look at my family portrait, finally my mom came out from her shyness to say hello to all of you.

Agatha and Archie said...

WHOAA that is too cool!! WAY TO GO!!!! Love A+A

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Khyra's right, we are what we are. And River's a retriever in training.

Moco said...

River has found his true talent.

Mika said...

Horray! River has found his true calling!

He looks so handsome.. even with the deceased bird in his mouth. =P

-Mika's mommy

Sami & Baylee said...

Go River! Are you going cook that chicken up?

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Yuck - carrying around a dead chicken? I'm glad I'm a herding dog and don't have to retrieve that! LOL! Maybe you and River can start a club for working dogs in Malaysia!

Life With 5 Dogs said...

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Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Sunday is our July 4th Independence Day, please join us for a fun filled holiday!

Deefor said...

River is getting so big. He's so good not to take a bite out of that.


Miss Reina and Lil Torres said...

I love swimming and this looks so much fun!!!