VIDEO: Glen, Learning to Hunt

This is a recent video of our new pup from Scotland. It begins when he was 12 weeks old and covers a four week time frame. He is now 16 weeks old and has had a lot of fun learning to hunt and manage his birds. No obedience, commands or pressure. We have the gun introduced and are now shooting birds over him. He loves quail and partridge and has become a bold, confident hunter. He even retrieved his first pheasant this week. I shot it over him but didn’t kill it cleanly. He found it far out in heavy cover and brought it back alive.

He is now ready to begin learning about steadiness. We’ll start with the Magic Brushpile.


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Brad Higgins, professional dog trainer and creator of the unique Higgins Method of dog/handler training.

3 Comments on "VIDEO: Glen, Learning to Hunt"

  1. Wonderful!! I LMAO with the ring-around-the-bush between pup and bird. This pup is a joy to watch on so many levels. He has a stylish, natural long pause before the pounce, a natural retrieve, and a great nose. Plus, he’s having fun. Whoa trainers wouldn’t even understand what they were witnessing here; it’d blow their minds. That’s one lucky pup to be in such good hands. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is a very good video, showing the best way to start a puppy. My question is how many times a week do you work the pup on birds, and do you ever run the pup on a field with no birds.

    • Hello Glenn,

      Our pups are given the opportunity to hunt a couple of times a week. It’s really all about exposure. Many pups begin learning to hunt, using the wind, understanding air and ground scent, etc. and are ready to begin steadying in 6 to 10 birds. Others, depending on their genetic level of instinct, may take a few more. I do run the pups in fields that may not contain birds. It’s part of hunting.

      I don’t train dogs in the conventional sense. Our dogs learn to hunt by hunting. I simply control the hunting success. We ran Glen, the pup in the video, at our seminar this past Saturday. He was run loose with no e-collar and no commands. He pointed and was steady to wing, shot and fall. He’s 4 1/2 months old. He’s not done, but he knows what it takes to be successful. The rest is up to the birds to show him all the different hunting situations.

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