My new dog

quail hound

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Roy had himself a very nice rookie season coming up only a Mearn's quail short of his quail slam despite our best efforts in Arizona. Now it's back to training working on backing and getting him broke this off season.

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Kismet

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Over the years, you've had many great seasons, and a whole bunch of travel; I envy you a bit.

You're a perfect person to ask to comment on the difference between years with a flusher (JP) and a pointing breed.

I found it required that I change the way I shot at a bird: the GWPs locked in and locked down the birds. Mick, the new, used, dog trailed and popped birds. So, with the pointers I had time to get set and focus...and often thought too much and missed quite a few as I learned the difference, because with the field springer spaniel, it was more reactive and instinctive shooting which served me well.

Your thoughts?
 
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quail hound

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Over the years, you've had many great seasons, and a whole bunch of travel; I envy you a bit.

You're a perfect person to ask to comment on the difference between years with a flusher (JP) and a pointing breed.

I found it required the way I shot at a bird: the GWPs locked in and locked down the birds. Mick, the new, used, dog trailed and popped birds. So, with the pointers I had time to get set and focus...and often thought too much and missed quite a few as I learned the difference, because with the field springer spaniel, it was more reactive and instinctive shooting which served me well.

Your thoughts?
Absolutely, I shot a great deal better over my springer than I do over my setters. Seems counterintuitive but that's been my experience. Maybe someday I'll learn how to control my excitement while approaching a dog on point.:cheers:
 

Kismet

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Yeah...what he ^ said. Beautiful...and LOOK! no snow on the ground!


(not like that in Wisconsin. :( )
 

quail hound

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Thank you guys. I'm very happy with both of them. Roy may end up being a decent shooting dog prospect so I'm trying to get him broke and possibly enter him in some trials (how does a guy acquire a loaner horse?:D).

Lady backing Roy yesterday. They didn't run as a brace at all this year because they weren't keen on backing each other but we're going to sort that out.

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quail hound

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We stepped out of the yard today and put our backing training into practice. Both dogs backed the other on a wild covey without being asked though Roy looks like he trusts Lady's nose more than she does his.

Roy backing Lady, her back pic wont upload for some reason.

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