Question for upland hunters
When pheasant hunting do you train your lab to be steady on shot and or flush? Or do you just let him get on it? Up until this point I haven't trained it and I can't complain. Only ever lost one bird since I've had the dog. He gets on any cripples really fast. I started teaching it today with bumper launcher and whistle and he picked it up real quick. With some live birds and a lot of training I could have him steady next season. Not sure if I should though. I got him for duck hunting and trained with smartworks but by accident he became an amazing flushing dog. We mostly pheasant hunt now. Any opinions?, pros and cons to teaching steady on shot/flush?