The Beat Goes On!

| January 17, 2012 | 13 Comments
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Storm returning with the bumper

Storm off to fetch a mark

Thunder returning with a blind retrieve

Thunder retrieving a mark

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Thunder and Storm

The “2 brown dawgs” are two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Thunder and Storm. Thunder is officially CH HR SRR’s North Point Thunder Bay SH WDX CGC. Storm is officially SHR Irish’s Great Lakes Nor’easter SH WDX CGC. The 2 brown dawgs participate in AKC and UKC hunt tests and AKC conformation shows. Both have their AKC Canine Good Citizen certifications and their American Chesapeake Club Working Dog Excellent (WDX) certifications. They are also great waterfowl and upland hunting companions. They live in Michigan and share their home with a black cat named Nestle Crunch. Read more about their escapades at

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2 Brown Dawgs is a wonderful blog that I ran across while I was surfing the web one day. After reading some of their posts I knew that asking the 2 Brown Dawgs to be a guest blogger at Retriever Life would enlighten and entertain us all!

Down Time

The end of hunting season means the beginning of winter and too much down time for Thunder and Storm, the “2 brown dawgs”. All spring and summer they were training and running hunt tests. (They both earned their AKC Senior Hunter Titles this past summer.) Fall was spent waterfowl and grouse hunting. But once winter sets in, the opportunity to get out and work with the dogs drops off significantly. The shorter days don’t allow for much field training after work. Sure, we can brush up on their obedience and take them for walks, but that doesn’t do much to maintain their proficiency running marks and handling. It also doesn’t burn off pent up energy.

Chillin’ With A Winter Training Group

Last winter we were fortunate to attend weekly training sessions (aka “Snow Camp”) put on by Darrin Morman of Farpoint Retrievers. Each Tuesday and Saturday between October and March, a group of dedicated retriever owners bundle up, pack thermoses full of hot coffee, and head to Darrin’s to train for the upcoming hunt test season. Unless there is excessive ice or deep snow, you will find this group out in the field training. Snow Camp is open to all levels of dogs: Junior, Senior, and Master. It is a fun group of people, with everyone cheering on all of the dogs as they work.

Our jobs prevent us from attending on Tuesdays, but we look forward to Saturdays. Thunder and Storm look forward to Saturdays. Darrin sets up various training scenarios which usually involve marks. The marks might be long singles, or doubles, or triples, thrown from all different angles. A white bumper against white snow can really challenge a dog’s marking ability. Sometimes the scenarios involve handling, walk-ups, or honoring. Thunder and Storm get a great workout, and it is a good excuse to get out of the house in the winter.

The Payoff

Last winter, we did not join this group until late January. It was disappointing to see that many of the skills we worked so hard on diminished between the end of our summer training and the time that we joined the group. Luckily, after attending Snow Camp for a few Saturdays, our dogs’ skills improved. This year we do not plan to wait until the end of January to return to field training. We would like to begin running Master level hunt tests in the spring, so we need to continue some sort of field training throughout winter. Starting in early December we plan to be back at Snow Camp, all bundled up, and training our dogs.

Category : 2 Brown Dawgs, Hunt Training

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I am one of the founders and editor of Retriever Life. My passion is Labradors of all sizes and shapes but I am a big fan of all the retriever breeds.

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  1. Bassetmomma says:

    I love reading the 2browndawgs blog. This blog is exceptional in explaining dog retrieval to people not so familiar with it and all it entails. Thunder and Storm are such terrific hard working retrievers and now the new puppy Freighter will soon be up there training with the best of them. Great article!!

  2. Wow. I never new they used white bumpers in the snow. That must be so challenging for the dogs. It’s great you have a group like your “Snow Camp” to work with over the winter. 🙂

  3. Tina says:

    This is a great blog with wonderful Chesapeakes doing what they love.

  4. Kristine says:

    Training over the winter months can be such a challenge for us as well. It’s hard to get out on the agility equipment when the temperatures are below freezing and the ground is covered in snow. Luckily there are a lot of places where we can work indoors.

    Great article!

  5. Barb says:

    2 Brown Dawgs is a great blog, and enlightens the reader on the work put in by the owners to train their dogs to be the best they can be at doing what they love – retrieving. There is more to it than I ever realized.
    Now there is a new pup (Freighter), so we can follow his training from scratch – a journey I am keen to keep up with.

    • Toni says:

      I agree with you Barb! 2 Brown Dogs is a great blog. I am glad they are now helping out Retriever Life as guest bloggers!

      • Taha says:

        There is no such thing as a completely heahtly breed. Every breed has some propensity for genetic health issues. This is why reputable breeders do the appropriate breed specific tests before breeding.Most larger breeds are prone to hip and/or elbow dysplasia or eye problems. Some need to have cardiac and EIC testing.As I said, go to a reputable breeder that does OFA certs on hips/elbows, has OFA cardiac testing, CERF for PRA, and EIC testing to ensure you get a heahtly puppy.

  6. Hi Y’all,

    Great on-line publication. Love the 2 BrownDawgs…now 3 😉

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    • Toni says:

      Somehow you got labeled as spam so sorry for the slow reply! Thanks for checking out our online magazine as well as supporting the 2 Brown Dawgs!

  7. Laura says:

    I’ve learned so much through 2BrownDawgs blog as I knew very little about hunting dogs and the training they go through. I’m amazed at what a work out they get.

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