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