I still consider myself very much a newbie but LOVE being in the field with our dogs, whether training for HT's or quail/dove hunting. You gotta start somewhere, right? I just haven't had the opportunity to progress as far into being an owner-trainer as I'd like... life just gets in the way sometimes!
My old man only has a JH and was trained mostly up through senior level, and my two "younger" dogs (one is 12 months, one is 5 years) have virtually no real field training yet just basic obedience and one or two times being exposed to dead birds.
My "question"- I'm looking for advice on how to address an issue with the 5 year old.
When waiting for a bird to go down, he gets so riled up after hearing a duck call or gunshot that he rears up and backwards, trying to break away from my grip. This obviously interferes with his ability to see where the mark falls.
I've had people tell me to simply hold on until he quiets and then release him or to straddle him and hold his head steady, but he's a very big dog and I'm a pretty small human (5'2" female), so I'm just hoping to get some additional ideas that I can try out when out in the field next.
Thanks in advance!