More honoring

 

Mia on point

Mia on point

 

 

Doc in the bird's scent cone honoring Mia

Doc in the bird’s scent cone honoring Mia

 

Our Saturday morning training session was cancelled due to the heavy rains that we’ve been getting over the past couple of weeks, which turned the access road and fields into a muddy mess. But that hasn’t stopped my training altogether and I’ve spent a couple of evenings this past week working on tips and suggestions that my trainer has given me.

 

Doc stretched out on point

Doc stretched out on point

 

Mia honoring Doc on point

Mia honoring Doc on point

We oftentimes receive refresher training and the dogs are no different, and at the advice of my trainer, I’ve taken the guys back a couple of steps to the waist cord and e-collar as a refresher to firm up their steadiness. It’s not much more than refining their steadiness, as Mia has a tendency to initially honor and then break off after a minute or so; Doc has started creeping while on point, so that’s where his work is.

Elvis on point as I work him on a pigeon

Elvis on point as I work him on a pigeon

I’ve also been working with Elvis, who hunts well but has never been interested in training. He enjoys tracking and hunting over pointing and retrieving, and has been complimented on how well he runs the field so that’s what I emphasize. In doing so, I’ve found his motivation and he’s beginning to steady up while on point.

Sophie and Dakota's hunting days are about over so they get free time rather than training

Sophie and Dakota’s hunting days are about over so they get free time rather than training

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4 Responses to More honoring

  1. jenniesisler says:

    I love Doc’s lines when he’s on point. A gorgeous dog! The training sounds like it’s going well, and there’s nothing wrong with a refresher. Thanks for sharing these posts with us.

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    • Thanks, he’s an incredible pup. Some people were a bit upset when we decided not to show and breed him, but considering all that’s involved in showing, we decided not to. It’ll be fun to see how far he goes in hunt tests.

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  2. We go back a couple of steps in training too now and then. I think it is good advice. It is hard to believe hunting season is upon us. Of course we are getting a heat wave…lol.

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