What makes a good bird dog??
My Grampa used to raise English Setter for hunting Quail in MO in the 40's 50's and early 60's.
I watched him and helped him on occasions, he kept it pretty simple.
I asked him once what made a good bird dog.
(didn't know about HT's and FT's and such)
I watched Elvis learn much this weekend.
I watched him learn to track.
He has a great nose and until yesterday would actually see a bird but would not pull his snout off the ground where the scent was.
Yesterday he figgered it out.
Was on a spot, very birdy then tracked off the spot, saw the bird and the race was on.
After that, every time he would get "hot" if he didn't get a flush he would do a circle away from the hot spot and find and go after the trail.
He got several birds that way.
Conditions must have been just right.
Pure joy watching that!!!!
How do you explain watching your dog learn this to your fellow employees on Monday??
So I am telling you guys!!