Re: this is, without a doubt, the strangest time in my life...
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The stars have been getting to large lately,
big white loose splotches in a liquid sky.
Can i handle this jigsaw puzzle
of the universe? I'll need a thousand
dog teams and very long ropes.
There'll be no seating for the audience
they must stand in the nations back yards.
Earth will be at peace again through dog power.
The International Dog Church will be founded.
The moon will be called Holy Dog Moon,
the sun called Sun Dog
The gods are now called dogs and much happier.
Marching is permanently banished in favor of trotting.
- Jim Harrison ~ Moon Suite from Dead Man's Float
peetso wrote: ↑Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:44 amKeep at it. He will get there. Be careful you dont over train at this point - too much pressure causing birds to bump with no reward is a better lesson than the reward of a pigeon shot out of a launcher he is pointing 10' away (because you dont want him thinking he can put that much pressure on birds).Heero[CntRmbrPwd] wrote: ↑Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:32 am This puppy I have is amazing.I've naturally had the quite opposite experience. The pup only knew how to do one thing properly and one thing only . . . find birds.
I have been running her on wild birds for the past few weeks. At first with my older dog and then solo. She has required no pigeon work and no launcher birds - she knew exactly what to do straight from the get go.
We have had many, many points on huns and grouse in the past month. She is becoming confident and bold and ranging a couple hundred yards already. She scents with nose high, noticeably gets the scent sooner than my VERY experienced 9 year old griff, locks up at a reasonable distance, and doesn’t break point to flush.
I am, quite frankly, blown away. I may actually kill something over one of her points with an angry chicken before the season ends in March.
Everything else was shit show or rodeo.
But after plenty of pigeons and plenty of yard work, I do believe we've gotten somewhere. Steady to wing is inconsistent at best and moving birds still cause him to flush but if the bird holds so will he. A far cry from where we started.
This season we will get after it in earnest and hopefully the wild birds will learn him what I couldn't.
Heero[CntRmbrPwd] wrote: ↑Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:39 amIndeed. Started tapering off training the last month or so, just a couple birds here and there but no extended sessions or successive days. I've got a nice stretch of days off coming and then young Mr. Fitz will be getting schooled by wild birds for 21 days.
Keep at it. He will get there. Be careful you dont over train at this point - too much pressure causing birds to bump with no reward is a better lesson than the reward of a pigeon shot out of a launcher he is pointing 10' away (because you dont want him thinking he can put that much pressure on birds).