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Hunting Dog Tips for beginners

Hunting Dog Tips for beginners

SPORTING DOGS ARE DIVIDED INTO 2 GENERAL TYPES, THOSE USED ON UPLAND GAME LIKE QUAIL AND PHEASANT AND RETRIEVERS, USED TO HUNT WATEFOWL LIKE DUCKS AND GEESE There she is RODY BEST TRAINS RETRIEVERS AT TRIPLE CROWN DOG ACADEMY JUST OUTSIDE AUSTIN Back! THIS IS A LABRADOR RETRIEVER RODY TRAINS A LOT OF LABRADOR RETRIEVERS

Labrador Retrievers are actually the #1 AKC registered canine in America They’re a very popular dog because of their polite and gentle disposition They make a great family companion and also make a great hunting companion LABRADOR RETRIEVERS COME IN 3 COLORS: BLACK, YELLOW, AND CHOCOLATE Jazz!

Tory is a black female Labrador retriever, approximately 9 months of age Sit! Tory! [woof! woof!] We use the dog’s name to send the dog on the birds as an individual command If you’re hunting with many of your buddies and they all have dogs, if you share a common command, say, Fetch! all 3 dogs could go If we have 1 dog’s name and we can send 1 dog, the other 2 know not to go and instead stay We ask them to deliver to hand for conservation of game

If the dog had made the retrieve and was bringing back a wounded bird to us, and they dropped it at our feet, the chances of that bird possibly getting away is great so we ask the dog to deliver from their mouth to our hand so if the bird is wounded, we can retrieve the bird and it won’t go flying off somewhere DOGS USED FOR HUNTING UPLAND GAME INCLUDE THE POINTERS, THE SPANIELS AND THE SETTERS THESE DOGS FIND GAME FOR THE HUNTER AND THEN RETRIEVE ANY SHOT BIRDS Good shot! Thank you! Come on! [whistle] OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS, HARLAN WINTER HAS TRAINED OVER 2000 HUNTING DOGS Xena is a German Shorthaired Pointer and Xena is one of the best I’ve ever worked with

She has a great personality And unbelievable nose, she can pick up birds from 40-50 feet out HARLAN HAS TRAINED XENA TO CAREFULLY FOLLOW BIRDS IF THEY MOVE THIS IS CALLED “ROADING” Now if the bird keeps walking away from her, she’s permitted to “road” it, that isn’t creeping If she moves in on a bird or covey that isn’t moving, that’s considered creeping

But when a bird’s moving, a dog can walk up and try to pin it down so “roading dogs” are smart dogsI don’t know how she’s going to get around this

she’s going to have to back her head out Let’s see if I can get the bird to walk a little farther I’d like for her to road a little because she can do it real well

Here we go See how careful she is She’s trying to hold the bird She doesn’t want to flush it Notice I’m not hollering whoa at her or anything She knows exactly what to do

There! The bird stopped, she stopped So now she isn’t creeping She isn’t roading because the bird isn’t moving She’s doing exactly what she supposed to do HARLAN HAS TRAINED JUST ABOUT EVERY KIND OF BIRD DOG THERE IS BUT EACH DOG PRESENTS ITS OWN UNIQUE CHALLENGE

This is Junior, an American Pointer, he’s about 2 years old I’ve been working him for 2 months now Alright, come around Junior! [whistle] That a boy! That’s better This is Megan, she’s an English Setter Actually she’s a Llewellyn This is Punch

He’s an orange and white Brittany This is Eva, she’s a Weimaraner, another German breed But for 2 years she’s been used for nothing but retrieving doves and so now her owner wants her to point quail Hunt’em up Biggs, that’s a boy SOME TRAINERS BECOME SMITTEN WITH A CERTAIN TYPE OF DOG

THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO BUCK GRABOWSKI HE SPECIALIZES IN SPANIELS They’re the best overall dog, I think And everybody that has a breed like that says that First of all you wouldn’t find very much game without them

These wily old cock birds will just run circles around you And once you do put a bird down you want somebody that’s gonna retrieve that game We hate to leave wounded game out in the field and with these Cockers, they have some of the greatest noses of most dogs and they will make all the retrieves to hand for you BUCK TRAINS SPRINGER SPANIELS AND COCKER SPANIELS These are the kind of dogs most people — it’s all they’ll need in Texas

There’s no big frozen water around You can hunt anything in the cold weather We’ve had some skim ice here and our Cockers will break the skim ice and retrieve the ducks for us They’ll hunt the hot weather They’re just a very versatile dog

RETRIEVING ALL SHOT GAME IS THE GOAL OF EVERY HUNT AND WHAT A GOOD BIRD DOG LIVES FOR These dogs will do just about anything We saw them flushing and retrieving birds Now we’ve got a bird shot about 150 yards out and we’re going to try to do a blind retrieve and see if this dog can pick it up and bring it and save it for the table That was pretty nice retrieve

He had to go out 150 yards or so We had a little handling but he made the retrieve We saved the bird [Good boy!] THE BEST PLACE TO EXPERIENCE THE MERITS OF A HUNTING DOG IS IN THE FIELD, HUNTING GAME THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

To me it’s like sitting back and watching a painting being made I’m sitting back watching my dog out there and that’s the brush strokes She’s out there making a good retrieve [shot] and it’s like art in motion and it’s beautiful It’s a beautiful, neat thing to watch Going hunting with a good dog is like going dancing with the most attractive beautiful dancer in the world

It truly is Once you’ve had that good dog that does everything for you, whether it points or flushes or retrieves, [shot] there is no fun in hunting anymore, for birds, without a dog There is no fun at all Hunting isn’t hunting without dogs to me anymore You just have to have a good friend with you

Hunting Dog Tips for beginners

 

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