Spinone training day

Much to the delight of the Spinone, today marked the first day of spring training. I spent a couple of hours with Doc, Mia and Elvis, and although the temperature reached a balmy 40 degrees (f), the 20 mile per hour wind made it challenging. In spite of the wind, the guys did a great job and hadn’t lost a step during their 2-month layoff.

I think that Doc is an incredibly photogenic pointer, here on his first bird.

A nice view of doc on point with his first bird.

A nice view of doc on point with his first bird.

Doc pointing his first bird of the day. My homemade bird release is visible at the edge of the picture.

Doc pointing his first bird of the day. My homemade bird release is visible at the edge of the picture.

Doc pointing his first bird of the day after a 2-month layoff.

Doc pointing his first bird of the day after a 2-month layoff.

Doc’s second hit his point on the second bird from about 50 feet.

Doc on point with his second bird.

Doc on point with his second bird.

Doc on an intense point - I can only guess that a Pheasant had recently been there.

Doc on an intense point – I can only guess that a Pheasant had recently been there.

Mia stands tall on point.

Mia stands tall on point with her first bird.

Mia stands tall on point with her first bird.

Mia on her second bird.

Mia on point with her second bird.

Mia on point with her second bird.

Elvis is a nonchalant pointer but his strength is in tracking.

Elvis on point, but his real strength is in tracking.

Elvis on point, but his real strength is in tracking.

Every trainer who has seen Elvis has complemented him on the way he runs the field. I’ve occasionally considered getting him into tracking.

Elvis on point with his second bird.

Elvis on point with his second bird.

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5 Responses to Spinone training day

  1. jenniesisler says:

    Great photos and as usual, I learned a lot from your post. They kind of remind me of football players on the opening day of spring practice – ready to suit up and go at it, as if football season hadn’t ended three months ago. Doc really is intense, gotta love that, and Elvis is just as cool as his namesake I think;) Mia’s very regal in her stance.

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  2. 2browndawgs says:

    Fabulous pictures. I am jealous of your lack of snow and 40 degree temps. lol The dogs did excellent!

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    • Thanks, I was happy with how they did after the layoff and the long hunting season. Since I don’t train during hunting season, they gain hunting experience but their technique suffers a little – sometimes a lot.

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