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.
Delivering the bird from 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 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.
Released! Doc gives chase to the carded pigeon.
Doc runs down the pigeon and makes a very nice retrieve.
Doc on a very nice point.
Doc holding his point after being “whoa’d” from creeping up on the bird.
Get it! Doc is released to go after the bird.
The end of a very nice retrieve.
As the dust clears, Max gives new meaning to the phrase, “stopping on a dime”.
Max, the English Pointer holding a very nice point.
These little pocket rockets were hard to photograph.
Even this senior Brittany got a chance on birds.
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.
Doc holding a very solid point on his last bird.
Doc was flawless in his retrieves.
Doc gallops back, a happy end to his training session.