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

Get Those Baby Bird Dawgs on Wild Birds (Pronto!)

This will be a brief post–I’m just wanting to get these thoughts out of my head and onto our blog while they’re fresh. Our Crush puppy (a Vizsla) will turn a year old in January.  Hard to believe.  She still acts like a 6 month old (this is a topic for another blog post I’ll … Continue reading

Protecting Our Vizslas During Harsher Winter Conditions

The Pointing Dog Journal just sent a great little article on taking care of our hunting dogs during the winter.  Here’s the link, http://email.villagepress.com/pub/PDJ/110202/Feb11_Winter_Season_Tips.html–worth the quick read. After reading the article, I thought of a couple of things I wish they would have included.  Here they are: 1. Coats – Hold on now, before you … 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.