VIDEO: Ithaca, From 8 Week Old Pup to SWSF


Here is a recent video of one of our young pups. She has not been introduced to an e-collar or any kind of stand or “whoa” command. She has been trained by the birds and she knows she needs me to be successful (getting the bird in her mouth). Get pushy and the reward leaves. Wait (defer to the shooter), ask me to go out front, and I’ll kill the bird and share it with you.

You’ll see some interesting dog thinkin’ here. This pup chases a bird, gives up, comes back and asks for a do-over. We see this a lot in the beginning, when dogs are learning they need us.

Brad Higgins

Higgins Gundogs

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One Comment on "VIDEO: Ithaca, From 8 Week Old Pup to SWSF"

  1. Christina Lasich says:

    Watching the natural progression from the “How do I get that bird?” stage to the “Please kill that bird for me.” stage is such a pleasure to experience. When Ithaca adjusted her position to watch the bird, most traditional “whoa” trainers would have harshly scolded her not even realizing her real intent. Give a dog a chance to do what comes naturally and all that pressure can be eliminated from the learning process. Beautiful and brilliant.

    P.S. I have a hard time watching Griff puppies without getting puppy fever.

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