Outsmarting the wily Spinone

When it comes to training, I’m limited by our 2 ½ acre pasture, especially this time of year when there’s no ground cover. It doesn’t take the guys long to learn where I plant the birds so rather than actually hunting, they just run to areas where the birds are most likely to be.

I mixed things up by digging a hole in the snow for my homemade bird launcher.

I mixed things up by digging a hole in the snow for my homemade bird launcher.

I changed things up last Sunday by digging holes in the snow and planting the birds in the open, away from any cover.

Doc on point

Doc on point

Doc on point

Doc on point

I followed the same training formula by letting everyone out for a run in the pasture, worked with Elvis on tracking and then each of the others on pointing. I finished with bracing Elettra, Mia and Doc.

Mia on point

Mia on point

20160207_113928Mia on point

Individually, the guys are rock-solid and they’re even pretty good when braced together. During their brace, Doc established the point and Elettra honored, but when I called Mia over from the ditch she was hunting, Doc broke and ran right up to the bird where he went on point once again.

Elettra on point

Elettra on point

Elettra on point

Elettra on point

I carried him off and let them hunt another part of the pasture for a few minutes before influencing them back to the bird, where Elettra established point with Doc and Mia nicely honoring.

Elettra on point with Doc and Mia honoring

Elettra on point with Doc and Mia honoring

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2 Responses to Outsmarting the wily Spinone

  1. Sounds like good training.

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  2. I’m sure that like me, it’s sometimes hard to find good areas to train.

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