Honestly the truth is that it's been a pretty busy year, taking care of these puppies is not an easy task and with training setters in the field on top of taking care of my litters, as well as doing guided hunts several times during the week there hasn't been much time for the blog. Hopefully after the hunting season ends I can put some more helpful information on here for you all. And lastly to everyone who's purchased a dog/puppy from Horses & Hunting Dogs, I would like to tell you thank you very much.
Another Great Testimonial
We love getting testimonials, and as always when we get them we want everyone to see what others are saying about how great these puppies are.
Today Scout is 12 weeks old and I just wanted to let you know how much we adore this little guy.
He is such an incredible dog. He is so smart, it doesn't take him long to figure things out. And he's so full of personality, always making us laugh with the crazy things he does. Of course, he's quite rambunctious, as every puppy should be, always getting into things and into trouble. But he is so sweet and lovable, and when he's not trying to chew the place apart, he loves to be with us and snuggle. And he has a lot of heart.
Everywhere we go, he gets attention. Not only because he's such a cute and easygoing little puppy, but also because he really is a beautiful dog. Everyone compliments on his coloring. And that face of his is just so darn adorable.
He got a clean bill of health from the vet, and he's doing quite well on his basic training. And today he and I were in the backyard, and a robin flew by us and landed near the fence. Scout pointed the bird, and then he crept really low and very slowly towards it. I wished I'd had my camera because it was so awesome, but of course you never do.
I do think we got a very special dog with Scout. And I would recommend you to anyone looking for a high quality bird dog. Thank you so much for such a wonderful dog! He's everything Ray and I were looking for, and we couldn't be happier.
This is the kind of home you hope all of your pups get... Thank you!
Carol, Hi thanks for the great email,I just got it on tuesday the 19th.We would be tickled to have you use the pictures on your web site.Jase pointed a dove the other day in the blueberry feild were we exersise him and i told faylen she had better go see what he was pionting, and sure enough it was a dove but it was dead.Jase couldnt have been any better ,perfect tail head up it was PERFECT !!!!!!. after Faylen got there and discoverd the bird jase waited a few seconds and jumped on it faylen got it off of him and ran over to Ronnie and I carring the dead bird with jase trailing her . It was to funny because my kid doesnt touch dead things! We have the best time with him.Thankyou for the pics of the pups I would love to have the little red masked female that you suggested,although the little male with the big black spots was pulling on my heart strings!Let me know if you want the money sent to you or given to you by my parents when they pick her up. Faylen Rauh is on Jase's paper work his name is H&H Jase Birdington. thankyou for such a WONERFUL pup!
MY DOG CREEPS ON BIRDS!
I hear this all the time. My first question to anyone who asks me this question is, do you and your dog know what whoa means? Most people say yes, but in fact, they don't. Whoa means only one thing.... DON'T MOVE YOUR FEET. That's it, nothing else. And the word whoa shouldn't be used for anything else. They can move their head, eyes, tail, but not the feet. Now that you know what whoa really means, you can now teach it to your dog. The next step is to make sure your dog whoa's every time you say the word. This is where the training comes in. You have to be presistant about it and enforce it every time you say the word. If they work well at whoa at home, take them somewhere else and work your whoa drills. Most of the time, they will break in new surroundings, or with another dog present. Work with plenty of distractions, and before long when you say whoa, your dog will stick his feet to the ground and not move a muscle!
GIVE IT A SHOT...
I recently took out a hunting party, and it occurred to me how many things a hunting trip can fix. The walk helps the heart, lungs, and spirit. If you have differences to work out, it helps there too. Hunting birds make you work together, which means no more differences. To walk behind a nice bird dog, watch them hunt, point and retrieve the bird you just harvested gives you such a sense of accomplishment, and amazement at the talent of those animals. The laughs you share with the people you hunt with are treasures, and won't be forgotten soon. The beautiful pheasants, the fast quail, the fluffy partridge, the stripes of black on the face of a chucker, and that sound when they rise up out of the cover is something I will never forget. At the end of the day, you are no longer stressed, upset, or angry. In the end you're muddy, sweaty, tired and smell like a dog, and there is no better feeling in the world.
Starting a blog soon...
So it occurred to me recently that people could benefit from me posting some training issues in a blog. That way I can address issues that come up time and time again. Stay tune for more as I prepare some entries that will be very helpful in the field as well as at home.
Carol Gaver, professional dog trainer, kennel owner, and owner of Horses & Hunting Dogs.