with Live Birds
The Greatland Chapter holds
training sessions as a natural progression from
the three earlier sessions in which we
introduced the "fetch" command, demonstrated
techniques for teaching pups to "whoa",
practiced heeling while carrying a buck on and
off the training table, and worked on complying
with the "out" command.
Here, Pete Nelson works with "Sadie" to accustom
her to fetching a feathered buck.
remote launcher in an open field and cycling the dogs
through scent detection, approaching the bird, and
steadying on point. At this stage of training, the dogs are handled
(lifted) off the
point without allowing contact with the
bird or shooting over the dogs.
Part of the
syllabus was an introduction to remote launchers,
including loading, placement and controlling dogs during
the launch. Using a harness and tether on the pigeon
allows cycle the bird through the launcher multiple
times without injuring or losing the bird.
||Steady to flush, watching
the pigeon on the rise from a launcher.
9-month old Wirehaired Pointing Griffon,
watching a pigeon being retrieved and reloaded
during his first day in the field with live
Buck steadying "Jenny" on
These dogs earned a few
style points, demonstrating their natural ability.
Buck Kuhn is using an English
lead with "Jenny" while they wait their turn to
work one of the two loaded launchers.
Robert and "Taig" are next in
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