• Brian posted an update in the group HGD Community 5 months ago

    Looks like stalking birds is encouraged in parts of Europe. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvoGMYDAMjQ&feature=share

    • Hello Brian,

      That slow movement is pretty to watch but is not what we’re looking for. If you watch closely, you’ll see that the dogs were told (with obedience commands), when to move, the honoring dog stole the point (moved forward past the dog that established point), and in the end, they both broke, flushed and chased the birds. Those dogs had no interest in working with the handler and presenting to birds to the guns on cue. They weren’t stalking, they were creeping with the intent to flush and chase. No cooperation there, just pressure based obedience.

      I’ll start a discussion soon about some of the training methods that are popular in parts of Europe. Most start young dogs with a “down” command. They use it at feeding time, when they call the pup, on a walk, etc. Their goal is to get the pup conditioned to immediately drop when he hears that word. Then they begin his steadiness training.

      • Thanks for the insights into what the dogs are doing. I am just learning what makes a good pointing dog.
        I enjoy learning about how dogs are trained and what is desired from a dog in different parts of the world. I may not agree or it may not be what I am looking for, but I find it all fascinating.