Making your hunting dog gunshy – One of the most common human-made mistakes

How to properly socialize your pup to the shotgun - This is the response you want!

I almost didn’t write about this topic because there is already a ton of information out there.  With so many warnings to be careful with this part of bird dog training and a lot of very good methods to choose from I wonder how in the world a person make their bird dog gunshy in … Continue reading

It’s **your job** to bring out the best in your Vizsla (bird dog)

Crush Puppy playing one of her favorite games with Uncle Jetson, Grandma Suede, Brother Race, and Mama Trip. Photo taken by Rod Cope.

“I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo My eyes recently fell upon this quote.  The image to instantly pop into my mind’s eye was of my Crush Puppy, GCH Boulder’s N Fusion’s Heartbreaker CGC (almost an AKC Master Hunter with 4 MH passes to date).  She’s … Continue reading

What are AKC hunting tests and titles for pointing breeds?

What are AKC hunting tests and titles for pointing breeds (Junior Hunter, Senior Hunter, and Master Hunter)? First, AKC hunting tests are games (just like field trials) you can play with your bird dogs.   They can be seen as a great way to extend the bird hunting seasons and an excellent venue in which to … Continue reading

The photos tell the tale: An example of why we teach our Vizslas to retrieve to hand

Vizsla Kosmo Demonstrates a Perfect "Retrieve to Hand"

This is a brief entry.  Primarily, because the photos below tell the story pretty well on their own.  These photos are perfect examples of why we teach our Vizslas to retrieve to hand.  And, why we put the extra work into proofing their retrieves.  The photos illustrate exactly what can and does happen when testing/trialing … Continue reading

What Exactly Is This “Field Trial” Business All About Anyway? The Basics Of AKC Field Trials

What is an AKC “field trial”? AKC licensed field trials are events in which dogs compete against each other for points toward Field and/or Amateur Field Championship titles. There are field trials for pointing, retrieving, and flushing breeds.  The abbreviation for a “Field Champion” is FC and AFC for an “Amateur Field Champion”.   Because these … Continue reading