Discipline is no excuse for a lack of enthusiasm !!
Bird dog?? Mine will not be even mildly disciplined for catching the chickens until they are at least 3 years old. I have come to terms with having both barnyard poultry and gundogs - they do not mix and even in the best of situations they sometimes come together and the dog wins...
I have discontinued using bantums and other extra chickens for training. My dogs were so crazy about them that they were preferring them over ducks. Long story short - big fences between your laying hens and your retrievers works for me
I'm starting to get Robert Milner.
Last edited by mitty; 12-05-2013 at 10:36 PM.
I'd also fondly guess a few dogs in the pedigree of those you've owned got a lot of chickens in training during their early years. I know one fella who got a few from me for his latest pups before moving from Washington. Hard to argue with points
One of the most accomplished pointer trainers of all time tells me he gets real excited when his young dogs eat birds. He lets them do it for quite a while before ff to make the retrieve and mouth. Gladly pm you names.