Lena vom Slaney-Vale

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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby flitecontrol » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:23 am

jlw034 wrote:
AverageGuy wrote:Congratulations! Great pic too.


Thanks! I'd be lying if I said it was a perfect day. Bird #1 she creep in on, busted, and chased. Haven't seen her do that since last summer. My mind went blank as I thought my day was over. One of the judges could tell I was losing it, talked me down, and kept my wits about me.


New here, and just found this thread. Great looking dog, and you have done an excellent job of bringing out her potential. Congratulations. Some may disagree, but I am convinced that pen reared, released birds smell a lot like wounded birds. That's why dogs that have had a number of wild birds shot over them, and would never bust a wild bird, will either not point and just pounce or point then break on planted birds.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby booger » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:32 am

flitecontrol wrote:
jlw034 wrote:
AverageGuy wrote:Congratulations! Great pic too.


Thanks! I'd be lying if I said it was a perfect day. Bird #1 she creep in on, busted, and chased. Haven't seen her do that since last summer. My mind went blank as I thought my day was over. One of the judges could tell I was losing it, talked me down, and kept my wits about me.


New here, and just found this thread. Great looking dog, and you have done an excellent job of bringing out her potential. Congratulations. Some may disagree, but I am convinced that pen reared, released birds smell a lot like wounded birds. That's why dogs that have had a number of wild birds shot over them, and would never bust a wild bird, will either not point and just pounce or point then break on planted birds.


Describes my dog to a T. And sometimes those pheasants peck/claw the tail feathers off each other in the pens, so even more like a wounded bird. My dog learned to manage wild birds, but if she can stalk and pounce on it while I'm in the vicinity, she will. When that bird is 2 feet away after she points, she knows she can get it before it can get away. That doesn't mean I let her when training, but I can see why she does it.

This weekend I asked a 30+ year NAVHDA judge about what he does while hunting. He said, he lets the dog hunt and shoots the birds, he's out there to hunt. So steadiness goes right out the window. That says a lot to me, basically 2 sets of rules, one for testing and one for hunting.
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