An old-time dog trainer gave me advice some twenty years ago when we were working dogs together. He said to wait for tomorrow. It was his way of telling me to be patient and not expect to see immediate results. This advice has stayed with me because it works. Over the years, I have learned […]
Training with good flying quail increases a bird dog’s prey drive. Good bird dogs love challenges. They are predators, and the more challenging the game, the more excited the dog. I was reminded of this a few years back while I was working dogs on some johnny house quail that had become quite tame. About […]
Bird dogs use the wind to hunt and find birds. Hunters use the wind to determine the best approach to birdy objectives, and dog trainers like us use it to help our dogs navigate a variety of bird set-ups. Basically, there are four wind situations: upwind, downwind, crosswind, and no wind.
Although this is a long, I’m posting it for anyone who may want more information about the West/Gibbons method of training. Hopefully there will be something useful in it for someone out there to use. I didn’t go over it too well for errors, so look past those too :-). Like most new trainers, I […]
I have worked a lot this summer on launchers, had to, it has been so wet here that carding the pigeons just don’t work, the pigeons get wet and can’t fly. Here is what I have learned this summer. The carded pigeons cause a lot more excitement for the dogs and that is a good […]
… who assumes all blame for any inaccuracies Ideally, the dog is first allowed to explore wild bird habitat and interact with wild birds until it has begun to at least flash point birds. The dog is also introduced to gunfire at this time. Then the dog is trained, in the field, on a check […]