The Heart of a Competitor

I’ve been thinking on this.  A bunch but not too much.  I’ve learned, as I age, to try not to “overdo it” — regardless of the “it”.  I’ve learned in order to find balance I need to do some things — like intentional rather than mind-wandering thinking — just *enough* to settle my mind.  Doing … Continue reading

It’s about fairness — Giving your bird dog the tools to make the correct choices

We know enough about canine behavior now to know they learn differently than we do.  They aren’t little humans covered in fur.  We also know dogs are highly intelligent and masters of observation.  They have to be in order to survive, even thrive, in “our” world.  They interpret the “unsaid”, the nuances much better than any … Continue reading

Yes, I train my bird dogs with e-collars. [ gasp! ]

Vizslas model neoprene hunting vests

I’m sick of it.  All of the negative, nasty talk around e-collars.  Yes, many have used them irresponsibly and are to blame for the image some now hold of these devices. If you’re opposed to e-collars then skip this post.  I have no patience to hear or read your comments.  Believe me–I’ve heard/read plenty thus … Continue reading

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

When an old bird dog loses his hearing – The big game-changer

Pointing dog (Vizsla) is "Kosmo"/CH Derby's Read Em And Weep MH. Honoring dog (Vizsla) is "Amante"/CH Boulder's Bolder Amante MH.

Cussing out the squirrels was among his top ten.  Back when he was young and all was in working order he could hear the chatter of a squirrel two houses away.  He’d spring from his sleep and race outside to hunt that squirrel.  He’d wait hours if need be.  Poised under that branch.  Eyes locked … Continue reading