Elettra returns to the field

Elettra was so upset at being left out of yesterday’s hunt, that I took her outside and put her on some pigeons. It’s been about two years since the last time she hunted so I wanted to get an idea of what we needed to work on, and she markedly improved with each of the three birds I put her on.

Elettra on point, 10-3-15

Elettra on point, 10-3-15

I let her hunt free on the first bird just to see what she remembered and as expected, her enthusiasm overpowered her steadiness. I spent several minutes steadying her up before releasing the bird.

Working with Elettra on a check cord, 10-3-15.

Working with Elettra on a check cord, 10-3-15.

I put her on a check cord for her second and third birds. It all came back quickly and she was much steadier on her second bird. I allowed her to break on the bird and chase it as reward for her steadiness; once she becomes more steady-to-flush, I’ll work with her on being steady-to-wing.

Elettra much more steady on point with her third bird.

Elettra much more steady on point with her third bird.

She was very steady on her third bird and required very little correction.

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