Can a pointer become a flusher?

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Can a pointer become a flusher?

Postby daeion » Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:56 pm

I know this is sacrilege, but can you train a pointer to be a flusher? I have a small munsterlander but everyone I know that hunts has a flusher, and we are looking at possibly getting a British Lab as our next dog, and so all this basically means I can't hunt my dog with the people that I know unless we are doing waterfowl, and if we did get a British Lab I once again could only hunt them together if I was doing ducks.
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Re: Can a pointer become a flusher?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:52 pm

Train your lab to honor a point, problem solved. Even a whistle sit will do the job. I hunt with well trained labs once or twice a year.

I don't know youd want to ruin a good pointer...
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Re: Can a pointer become a flusher?

Postby daeion » Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:25 pm

I don't want to ruin anything and I figured there had to be a way to make it work between my dogs, just not sure how to make it work with other peoples dogs.
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Re: Can a pointer become a flusher?

Postby gwp4me2 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:52 pm

Depending on your pup just hunting it with flushers all the time will turn it into a flusher.
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Re: Can a pointer become a flusher?

Postby Chadwick » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:52 am

Just teach your dog to flush on command. Then if you are hunting with flushers it can flush, but if you are hunting with pointers it can point.
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Re: Can a pointer become a flusher?

Postby NC Quailhunter » Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:56 pm

You could keep the lab at heel and when the SM goes on point use the lab to flush for the point and get the retrieve. May not be exactly what you want but it is an option.
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Re: Can a pointer become a flusher?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:42 pm

Or get a pointing lab... although all the ones Ive met are long nosed funny looking things. British labs look so much nicer!
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