Skip to main content

The growing trainer

    Improving as a dog handler is a major goal for this off season. Working a full time job and raising a family makes it hard to be fully dedicated to a training schedule. Really thinking about your daily routine and where that training would fit in. There is time in the day to get it done and you won't even know the difference. Except in your dog you will see leaps and bounds. 



   They say the best way to become a better trainer is to work dogs. There is alot to be said about that but I also think it needs to be added with knowledge of books, dvd, and another trainer. I'm finding the more I train the more the knowledge taken from those sources comes out. 



    The other day was a struggle when a dog went from pointing to trying to take a bird out. After a few attempts of trying and failing I thought back to those sources and got the answer . It was time to launch the bird at the sign of scent. It worked perfectly the next bird he hit scent went cautiously right into a point then the next scent and point. 



   Like most things in life hard work and knowledge will get you where you want to go. A journal of your daily session will help you stay on track and give you something to go back to when all goes wrong. Set goals but keep timelines out of it. Have fun and grow as a handler and don't rush your sessions. 

  When everything seems to be going wrong remember that breakthrough could be right there. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Mobile Ice Fishing

 The comforts of a big ice shack make it feel like home. Having almost anything from a oven, tv, and bed. While also leaving you in one spot day after day. While fishing From the same location and the same pond can be nice at times. Being able to get out and fish new territory weather it's a new spot or a new pond brings on a new challenge.  The ability to be mobile while ice fishing gives you more flexibility and opportunity fishing. Being able to change locations on a lake with a quick and simple pack up could mean more flags on a slow day. Scouting a new pond means you can change locations a few times to find fish. No longer do you have to fish the same pond every time out because of the big shack. The gear that makes you ready to get out there and be mobile is a gear sled, portable ice shack, small heater.  For an ice shack a shelter made onto a sled is very nice for the fact that you can haul all your stuff out in it. Setting it up  is a breeze and some even come with built in

Solo the pack

 Running beagles In a pack can make the hare hunting experience mind blowing. The music that a pack of dogs make through the quiet woods is exhilarating. It is very practical to run dogs together when hunting. In a pack there is more dogs to find the rabbit and keep the trail.  What happens when you find your self down to one dog. Dogs unfortunately get hurt, come in to season or it might be something different and they need some time off. How is the single dog going to react. Some will take off like nothing is different and others will act like they have never been out before.  Why not solo hunt dogs during the season? It a tough thing to leave dogs home that are ready to go but maybe the best thing for your pack. In any pack all dogs should run the rabbit solo with no help from other dogs. During the season a dog running only in a pack can start to rely on the other dogs. The ones with the stronger noise or faster legs could leave your pack weakening each time out leaving the other d

Grouse camp

    The small game season has began. The second day of the start to my season happened at hunting camp. It has been a staple of where grouse hunting happened for me as a kid. It's just a small cabin tucked in the woods of northeastern Maine. Pulling up the camp road brings excitement and anticipation every time. .   This trip would begin early. Up in time to make the two hour ride north. The first stop would be at camp. With the wind we had this spring and end of summer cutting trees was necessary to get in. Quick fall cleaning then time to get the dogs ready for the day             Two seasoned German shorthaired pointers that that I received in the off season were ready to go. The anticipation was high to hunt with these dogs and they didn't disappoint. With many points and no bird shot over the dogs they hunted hard and found birds. Missed shots was the issue this day.     With one bird bagged in what was bad timming for the grouse. While walking down a road the dogs working