Training is good fun
It doesn’t have to be a chore to train the dogs in preparation for the season. It is ALMOST time to get on the moor to count the grouse broods, but the retrieving training is still going on without disturbing ground nesting birds.
In order to train my Gaia, I plant dummies from my car so I don’t walk out with the dummy and hence creating a “trail” for her to follow. If I drive the car out, there is less scent for her to “cheat”. I make sure I put the dummies somewhere where I can mark the place well for directing her. Sometimes she has to go out to find a blind dummy at over 100 meters distance and I have to be able to pinpoint exactly where to send her.
I then drive to a place where I feel it’s a challenge for Gaia to go out in a straight line and get directed to the scent of the dummy. I set her up and send her off.
As she gets nearer the dummy, I sit her down for further directions till she finds it and comes back.
Sending off for the other hidden dummy.
08/05/2017 16:55Pointers and Setters only need to hunt and point. Labradors only need to hunt a bit, but mainly just retrieve. HPRs, such as German (Short-, Wire- or Long Haired) pointers, Vizlas, Munsterlanders, Brittanies etc need to ..
16/07/2017 17:20It's nice to train the young dog and the result is best if you integrate it in to a walk so that you move in various areas as much as possible. I take two small dummies with me as they fit into a jacket pocket. To tra..