Meet the Cockers

The following post is a photo journal of our Saturday morning training session, and I found out firsthand why Cocker Spaniels have earned the nickname “pocket rocket”. Doc and I were able to get in on a training session with my trainer, Chris, owner of Cove Mountain Kennels. Our session included quite a collection of dogs: 3 Cocker Spaniels, an English Pointer, Yellow Lab, senior Brittany, a Blue Heeler/Border Collie/Pointer cross, and Doc representing the Spinone.

Doc didn’t start out strong and I was a little concerned when he bumped a flock of Sharptail grouse without going on point, but overall he did very well and certainly redeemed himself on his last bird.

A Cocker Spaniel works the field for birds.

A Cocker Spaniel works the field for birds.

Delivering the bird from a nice retrieve.

Delivering the bird from a nice retrieve.

Former show dog and now hunter, this Cocker makes a nice retrieve.

Former show dog and now hunter, this Cocker makes a nice retrieve.

Doc holding a nice point on a carded pigeon.

Doc holding a nice point on a carded pigeon.

Doc on a nice point. I had to "whoa" him a couple of times for creeping, perhaps because the bird was sitting out in the open where he could see it.

Doc on a nice point. I had to “whoa” him a couple of times for creeping, perhaps because the bird was sitting out in the open where he could see it.

A zoom in on Doc's point.

A zoom in on Doc’s point.

Released! Doc gives chase to the carded pigeon.

Released! Doc gives chase to the carded pigeon.

Doc runs down the pigeon and makes a very nice retrieve.

Doc runs down the pigeon and makes a very nice retrieve.

Doc on a very nice point.

Doc on a very nice point.

Doc holding his point after being "whoa'd" from creeping up on the bird.

Doc holding his point after being “whoa’d” from creeping up on the bird.

Get it! Doc is released to go after the bird.

Get it! Doc is released to go after the bird.

The end of a very nice retrieve.

The end of a very nice retrieve.

As the dust clears, Max gives new meaning to the phrase, "stopping on a dime".

As the dust clears, Max gives new meaning to the phrase, “stopping on a dime”.

Max, the English Pointer holding a very nice point.

Max, the English Pointer holding a very nice point.

These little pocket rockets were hard to photograph.

These little pocket rockets were hard to photograph.

Even this senior Brittany got a chance on birds.

Even this senior Brittany got a chance on birds.

The Yellow Lab got his retrieves as well.

The Yellow Lab got his retrieves as well.

The Border Collie/Blue Heeler/Pointer mix ran the field well, exhibited a very good nose and drive, and retrieved well.

The Border Collie/Blue Heeler/Pointer mix ran the field well, exhibited a very good nose and drive, and retrieved well.

Doc holding a very solid point on his last bird.

Doc holding a very solid point on his last bird.

Doc was flawless in his retrieves.

Doc was flawless in his retrieves.

Doc gallops back, a happy end to his training session.

Doc gallops back, a happy end to his training session.

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2 Responses to Meet the Cockers

  1. 2browndawgs says:

    That looks like a wonderful training session. Doc is coming along nicely. So was the lab being trained to point?

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