Bird Dogs

The Future?
The Future?

Peat’s staying put. All the comments we received from readers were really helpful. Dale’s comments hit me hard because I trust his judgment as much as anyone I know when it comes to bird dogs, so I was sick about his recommendation to re-home Peat. It still might be the best thing to do, but I don’t want it to be so we’re doing everything we can to make it work. We’ve upped the work with the e-collar, and prioritized the discipline and exercise (crappy time of the year to do after-work lessons, but so it goes). Angus still isn’t thrilled with his putative brother, but we’re trying to limit their 1-on-1-ish time. We’re also making an effort to curb his barking inside – something we tried ignoring, to absolutely no effect. So far it seems we’re making some progress with simple positive reinforcement to “quiet!” He’s still a pain in the ass, but I can see how it’s possible he won’t be that way permanently, and I’m learning – as one of you kindly suggested – to, maybe, become a better dog person. That alone is worth it.

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Fur
Fur

Saturday was the only day we got out last weekend, and we chose an old favorite spot that wasn’t a good choice for birds. Too much snow, too little bare ground and not enough cover. Still, both dogs thrilled their ways, separately and together, across and through the snow as the sun played hide-and-seek with the storm clouds. Wind blew fiercely, and it was chilly, but it was a cathartic hike for us, for all four of us maybe. Dogs slept well that night.

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8 Replies to “Bird Dogs”

  1. I have been communicating with a guy in Illinois about hunting. He is teaching me about calls and I am teaching him about my kind of decoys. This is something I wrote him today, “I looked up the RedBone Calls. They can make a lot of good sounds. You are right, they are pricey. However, when something works it usually turns out to be worth the price.

    You will pay a price getting Peat to where you want him. However, when something works it usually turns out to be worth the price. Dale

  2. I’m also glad to hear your decision on Peat and am sure you and Angus will figure out an angle on him by next season. Also, if Leslie is still your photographer, a tip of my hat to her.

  3. Peat will be ready to step into Angus’s boots when he retires and what a great stories you will have about both dogs. I also love the photos and videos there are none on Chuckar hunting that have the quality of yours.

  4. Bob, I have a young Brittany from Cove mountain kennels out of Inkom Idaho. He has been a challenge with my older dog and around the house. I have been hunting him solo this fall with great results. He will be 2 in March and has really turned a corner with hunting him by himself. I know it’s hard to leave the experienced dog at home,but worth a try. I really enjoy reading your blog, thanks so much for all your time and effort in it.

    Marc

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