The time has come to really think of the future with testing and breeding of Hessian. Before the HZP i need to have his hips x-rayed for HD (Hip Dysplasia). There are very specific instructions for the vet on what the Germans expect the x-ray to look like, sometimes not every vet can get it right. These instructions are available to download and print at the VDD-GNA Website. I would recommend doing your research to find a vet that has maybe done this for the VDD before. If not you could end up with my headache. These x rays can get expensive, so I am currently in the dilemma of hoping the 2 x-rays i have will be sufficient if not i think my testing days are over due to the cost of more x-rays. I have attached a few pics of my x-rays, Note that neither one is actually correct but I am hoping they can see what they need to between the two of them. Hope this works, more on this to come.
As for Force Fetch, it seems to be going well. I have officially started "Fetch" now and Hessian is currently sitting still, waiting for my command to "fetch", and then fetching out to about 6-8 feet with me still holding the object. After fetching i will "sit" him, walk away, call him to me into a "heel" and we walk with him holding, then it's "sit" again and look at me then" give", and repeat with all objects. I have been doing this with bumpers and a fox tail for now but think i will soon move to frozen then thawed game. Then i can delve deeper into it and began making him fetch up off the ground.I have been doing this training still by e collar and it seems to be getting through to him well. No pics of this right now but i am working on a short video showing my progression. More to come soon on this topic as well.