It was a little iffy this day. The forecast called for rain and wind most of the day with temps in the mid-60's. Luckily it only rained for about ten minutes and the temps stayed in the 40's and 50's all day. The dogs had fun, we had fun! … [Read more...] about WI Training Day 2013
Everyone faces the urge to get that new puppy into the field as quickly as possible. While it is true that early and repeated exposure to birds and the various stimuli that a dog experiences while afield is almost always a net positive for a young dog gun fire is one instance where slow is almost assuredly always better. Some people might argue this point but we believe that … [Read more...] about Gunfire and Your Pup…
As most of the public upland hunting seasons begin to wrap up and we progress through the end of the preserve hunting season we all tend to start to get cabin fever waiting for warmer weather. Our dogs get lazy and fat, the gear gets packed away until next year. This year I'd like to suggest an alternative to putting your pup on the bench until the weather warms up. Early … [Read more...] about AKC Hunt Tests – Do Your Dogs Measure Up?
It's starting to get pretty warm out there. You've had plenty of time to let the fond memories of the past season sink in. Take a moment and think back one more time of those crisp mornings and great bird work pup put in. Ok, so maybe it wasn't ALL great. You know what I'm talking about; a creep and a busted bird here, a repeated command or two there. Most of us tend to … [Read more...] about Summer school is in!
So you've entered your first AKC pointing breed hunt test. It's time to show and prove that your pup is progressing into a budding bird dog. Are they ready? More importantly; are YOU ready? Entry fees seem to go up each year making entering these tests quite a gamble to chase paper with your hunting buddy. A couple of us here at Bird Dog Life spent this spring getting some … [Read more...] about Hunt Test Tips – AKC Junior Pointing Dogs