• tomdi posted an update in the group HGD Community 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Brad. Watching those two dogs in your video stalking those birds fueled a goal I have for me and my dogs. Both my Britts 85% of the time are steady to wing, shot and fall, 98% of the time steady to wing, and shot. Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself by saying that and have them decide to break on the flush the next time we are out. I do not hunt them together because neither are !00% steady to wing shot and fall and every hunting trip for me is about dog work while my friends enjoy the shooting aspect, and I feel that I can only give 100% to one dog at a time. My goal is to be able to hunt them together by this coming November with them alternating on the retrieve. My goal is to have them both 100% steady to wing shot and fall before I hunt them together. My plan is to have one on a check-cord when I call the other dogs name and release him to fetch. Alternating this training sequence figuring that with enough reps they will understand how this new game is played. In your opinion am I expecting too much to soon? I would also appreciate your thoughts on how YOU would make the transition from hunting one dog to hunting two, and how you would go about alternating the retrieving process. Thanks in advance.

    Tomdi

    • Hello Tomdi,

      Here is one of my favorite quotes:

      “The chief glory of the sport is to shoot over a brace of raking pointers, matched for speed and style, sweeping over the rough places like swallows, and passing each other as if they were fine ladies not introduced. Let one of them get a point and the other will, as if connected by an invisible wire, instantly point at him (i.e. back him); and as the pointing dog advances to make sure of the birds, the backer will do the same- often with an absolute mimicry of his leader’s movements.” (Quotation from William Arkwright, The Pointer and His Predecessors, 1906)

      In my opinion (which as you know, makes it fact), Dog work at this level is when hunting becomes art. This is similar to falconry, when taken to it’s highest levels, becomes the art of falconry. Few in the world have ever seen or experienced such a sight.

      I appreciate your enthusiasm. Before assuming you can do this, first, when they both handle well individually, start working them together. See if you have the ability to handle and manage two dogs in the field at the same time. It sounds easy but, when done well, there are many things to consider including timing, energy management, movement, pace, etc. Your responsibilities in the field will be your primary focus. As you know, this level of cooperation and trust between the dogs themselves and then you the handler, is significant.

      • Good morning Brad. Thanks for the reply. Both of my dogs back, something they did on their own from the day they starting pointing, because I hunted them together at one time (about a year and a half ago) but stopped hunting them together because I did not have the ability to handle them together. They were very competitive and it was always a race to get to the bird which meant if one broke on the flush or shot the other one followed so it just became much easier and less frustrating hunting them by themselves where by themselves we hunted as a team and they trusted me to get them a bird. I’m hoping that because they are more mature and very steady on their own that their steadyness this will play a big part in them adapting to a new game. Thanks again for your help and I will keep you and the HDG Community informed on how things are going.

        Tomdi