Training Day

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Featherfinder
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Training Day

Post by Featherfinder » Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:08 pm

Just got going this morning - 15 minutes in and found my young pointer like this....on a woodcock! I flushed and shot my blank. She looked exactly the same way as I found her AFTER the flush & shot. Sorry...it's the best pic I could get in this gnarly covert. Good thing she has a long neck!! :lol:
1- GPS collar. If I lose her for any length of time the coyotes will have her for dinner,
2- Dogtra locate/beeper collar (point-only mode) so I can find her pointing in this dense cover reasonably expeditiously,
3- Flat I.D. collar with nothing other than, "Call (phone number) For Reward".
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Re: Training Day

Post by shags » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:28 pm

Nice dog! Gotta love the ones that don't let down after the shot.

That's some gnarly cover. How'd you get in there to flush?

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Re: Training Day

Post by deseeker » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:39 pm

I was wondering the same thing---How did you get in there to flush it :?: :?: :D
Nice looking dog.

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Re: Training Day

Post by polmaise » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:59 pm

Probably wondering why you missed? Being a blank . Is it the same with a fall ?. Nice looker.

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Re: Training Day

Post by Featherfinder » Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:46 am

Thank you all for the kind words.
Well...typically she has more...fire in her style but I think she was getting annoyed with my lengthy circuitous approach.
I often look like I've been in a cat fight when I get home from these woodlots- scratches on my cheeks, my hands/wrists, etc. I wear shooting glasses because I got that wrong but once. I had a scare and now try to wear the glasses every time. There are many hawthorns which you can't make out in this pic. I've been in the shower only to find a red mark on my knee(s) months later. It's a hawthorn tip that finally surfaced.
I've had situations with woodcock (not grouse because they won't take the pressure) where I have been reasonably close to my standing dog, then had to back out for a less abusive approach. Sometimes, for the sake of a young dog, I "man up" and plow in. Hence all the cuts/scratches/thorns BUT the dogs are worth it!
Polmaise, this pointer has been nothing short of therapy. On a shot bird when hunting, she stands solid of her own volition. She marks almost like a Lab. She is patient yet intense without let-down while waiting for me to release her for the retrieve. I tease her saying things with gusto like, "OK...FETCH...Get it...Alright...Go ahead..." then wave my hand over her head but she stands staring at the area of the fallen bird. I tap her head for the release. She LAUNCHES for the retrieve. OK...I don't do this all the time but I did in her early development to test her and still on rare occasion just to keep her sharp. I started this many ears ago when trialing because some of the folk I was braced with didn't care how they won and would say key words in casual conversation while my dogs were on point. (I chuckled.)
She has an UGLY jowly face. I endearingly called her Ugly Rita for awhile....until she pointed. :wink:

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