Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dreaming of Fall

Just 45 days until the grouse opener. I'm so excited for this upcoming season to start.

I'm tired of these hot, sticky summer days. I need to hike among the colored leaves and feel the crisp, cold fall mornings on top of my head. I'm tired of the dog training and I want to see my dog handle a wild bird for the gun. I'm tired of the crowds up the canyon and want them dispersed due to colder weather. I'm tired of walking the trails. I want to step into the forest, see a new covert for the first time and look at it with anticipation of what possibilities could lurk behind every bush. I want to feel the rushed excitement of a grouse flush and the hurried shots that follow. I want to see the site of my beauty Hazel delivering a bird and sharing that special moment with her. I need to go hunting.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

T-Ball for Bird Dogs

My brother and I have started a summer training regimen for the dogs. Just working on the basics so our young dogs can stay sharp for the upcoming hunting season. I had my Pudelpointer Hazel and Shawn worked his GSP Sage.

Today we worked on steadiness and backing. We placed some pigeons on the lawn and let the dogs find them and point them and then had the other dog back at a distance. After both dogs did well in the back yard, we took them to the park and did the same thing where the dogs had much more room to search and find the pigeons. They did pretty good but with such an easy drill they should of. Both of these dogs have a lot of prey drive and need to learn better manners around game. They push the birds a little too hard. They will get there though. They are both young dogs. Its just a matter of time and experience.

By 9:00 am both dogs were getting too hot so we called it quits and walked back over to Shawn's house where both dogs took a dip in his pool.

Congratulations Shawn and Sage

A few weeks ago Shawn ran his young dog Sage in the Wyoming NAVHDA Natural Ability hunt test. She did great and achieved a prize lll 106 pt score. It sounds like she aced everything but had some trouble on the tracking part of the test. No worries, we know she can track and have seen her do it.
That is one of the faults of the NAVHDA system. You get one shot and thats your score. What can you do?