Recently, I was talking to Maurice Lindley about a dog I was teaching to be steady-to-wing-and-shot. “I think Chalk has turned the corner,” I said. “What did he do to make you think that,” Maurice asked. “He’s calmer,” I replied.
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 […]
Do you wonder if your bird dog is intelligent? I think about intelligence all the time and try to evaluate it in my dogs. Over the years, I have asked a number of pro-trainers how they define it. One of these trainers was Dave Walker, and he said intelligence and natural ability were the same […]
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 […]
Work ethic is a phrase rarely discussed in regards to pointing dogs. The first time I heard the phrase was during an interview I did with a horseback pro-trainer. I asked him what he looked for in a field trial dog, and he said he looked for a dog with a good work ethic. I […]
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.