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CONTEST

   Most Spaniel owners that have worked to train their dogs for field trials or hunt tests might recognize the diagrams depicting the "pattern" their dogs would run in differing winds.  Some Spaniel owners may just watch their dogs running back and forth and believe it is random.

   Proper use of the wind is central to the dog finding game efficiently and effectively.  Natural ability is incredibly strong in quality field bred Spaniels.  We train to enhance that natural instinct and ability.

   The Handlers/Owners understanding of the wind is important knowledge and underpins their ability to be a functional member of the handler-dog team when running in competitions, training or hunting with their Spaniels.

   To improve and share knowledge we invite you to review and analyze the wind treatment diagrams at the bottom of this page and offer some insight and suggestions for "better" wind treatment for any of the given diagrams.

   Do you see any weaknesses in any of the wind treatments in the diagrams ?  

Suggest a better or alternate option.

Forward your submission (comments and diagrams) to:   tbash19@telus.net

FREE TO ENTER.  

Winner will be chosen by Random Draw of those who have made submissions.

DRAW & AWARD will take place at the ESSA Spring Field Trial, June 8/9, 2024.

PRIZE:  A Bird'n Lite 2XL Browning bird hunting vest.  Value: $275.00

Browning Vest Front view
Browning Bird vest rear view

Wind Treatment -  Contest Image

Various wind patterns from articles in training books with some errors
Duma Quartering Pattern GPS Tracking

GPS Tracking of a Springer running in the snow.    50m scale for reference

2.3 KM total track distance run over 17 minutes.

With bursts of speed up to 32 KM/H.  The wind was coming from west north west.

Does not quite follow the theoretical patterns above does it?

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