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

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.