What a correct honor or “back” looks like (pointing dogs)

Here’s a short clip from a training session over the weekend: This is what a correct honor looks like.  We see so many lousy honors, we were inspired to post what a correct, stylish one looks like.  If I were to nitpick, I would say it could be improved upon if Trip (the honoring Vizsla) … Continue reading

Playing American Kennel Club (AKC) hunting test games at the Senior and Master levels

Once upon a time…back somewhere around 2003, Aaron and I (Fusion Vizslas) attended our first AKC hunting test (pointing).  I’ll save that story for a future post but thinking back on how little we knew then still brings a smile to my face.  And, it brings a feeling of humility as I think about how … Continue reading

Social Responsibility–Paying it Forward in the Pointing Dog World

Aaron and I spent the weekend in Agate, Colorado at the Skyline Brittany’s hunting tests.  This is one of our absolute favorite things to do–run our dogs in AKC hunting tests and cheer our fellow exhibitors on. Why do we so enjoy AKC hunting tests?  Because of the strong sense of community and the camaraderie … Continue reading

Training Baby Bird Dogs to Hunt (work cover)

Sounds kind of silly–training a young gun dog to hunt. But, given that many of our bird dogs are city-slickers and from a variety of pedigrees, it’s becoming more obvious to me that you need to teach your pup how to hunt–to work cover. That is, if you intend to actually hunt over your bird dog and/or compete in AKC Performance events such as hunting tests and field trials (or the like–NAVHDA, NASTRA).

Don’t send your gun dog to retrieve a live, unshot bird

Never send your gun dog to retrieve a live, unshot bird. Never. Never, ever. Never, never, never, never. Let’s repeat this a 100 times and pinky-swear to keep each other honest.