|Dennis, DK, and Cole|
As usual, I was keeping track of jumps last night as I ran. For the last couple of years, this is one trait that I have really tried to focus on when breeding and sorting pups. It seems like if a young dog will hunt independently, as it matures it will be a better than average jump dog. This same trait also seems to be a factor in check power. A dog that will hunt by itself, seems to search on the check the same way.
Last night I ran a little over 4 and 1/2 hours. During that time, Dennis had four jumps, Cole had three jumps and Chip had two jumps. The dogs ran pretty well without much down time. Admittedly though, with the conditions, dogs should have been able to run well. With the rain and good conditions, the time between chases was fairly short.
As I was driving home, I started replaying the night. I was happy about the jumps, and that the running was good. As I thought more about it though, it seemed like a lot of jumps for the time I ran. I had 9 jumps in 270 minutes. Every half hour the dogs jumped a rabbit. That means chases averaged around 25 minutes.
I haven't kept track of this before. It would be interesting to know the average length of chases, each week, each month, and each year. Days with short chases, especially those less than a circle are aggravating. Especially aggravating are days when it is hard to find rabbits. Days with long races are always fun. That is one thing that makes running hare so great. Long, hard chases are expected and usual.
Last night was a good night of running. The next time the running is not so good, I will have to check on the average time for each chase. I'd bet it won't be as long.