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

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

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

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