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A Winning Year with the Working Pointers

Let me just get the bragging out of the way first: My two German Wirehaired Pointers spend most of their time working, but I do enter the odd Field Trial as it’s a fun day out. I am not prepared … Continue reading

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The Hill Harvest in Progress

All the training of pointers are for a safe and sustainable harvest of the wild grouse on the hills. For those, who are not familiar with the grouse, they are wild birds that live of heather, insects and berries on … Continue reading

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Summer Training with surprises

Training a Hunt, Point and Retrieve (HPR) dog is a bit limited during May and June as you can’t really allow the dog to hunt where you might come across ground nesting birds. Training the dog to find grouse on … Continue reading

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A Stark Lesson from my Dog.

So this time of year is grouse pair counting time as described in the last blog, but there are also the spring pointing tests. I entered two and it went very well for little Gaia. Out of 18 dogs, two … Continue reading

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“Spring” pointing

At this time of year, March – April, the grouse in the Scottish Highlands are pairing up, husband and wife. They choose their territory and stick to this, more or less. The closer it gets to the time of nesting, … Continue reading

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A Nice Season With the Young Dog

Gaia is now two and a half and did well in her hunting season this year. We started off with the grouse counting, which is fairly relaxed as there is no demand for anything other than hunt, point and flush. … Continue reading

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Goodbye Alice

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to add this chapter to the ‘Working Pointer Blog’. On Wednesday night we had to let Alice go to Doggie Heaven. Over the last two weeks she had started to … Continue reading

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Gaia’s Sporting Season

The last blog I wrote described Gaia’s first encounter with grouse hunting where she managed to have some birds shot over her towards the end of the grouse season. Since then the season carried on and she gained some more … Continue reading

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Grouse 2013

So, at last the season came round to grouse. Obviously the 12th of August and the days that follow are the best, but they also come with the pressure of the dogs performing in their job of finding, pointing and … Continue reading

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Time to get the young dog on the moor.

So Gaia is ready to get going on the moor. We went out to have a little, tentative trial run a couple of days ago. It is quite hot, but we started at 8am and just had a couple of … Continue reading

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