Training Session from the Drone - Brace
We got the drone out to provide a different vantage point to have a look at a training session.
Two dogs are run on parallel "beats" on either side of the center line (pathway). Each dog and handler team working independent of the other team while "honouring" (not interfering) the others work.
You can see three gunners working with the handlers, remaining in line and proceeding down the course with the handler/dog team.
Sometimes a Chukar escapes and you have to make the best of it.
No scent cone involved. Just a flush and mark. Don't repeat this too often.
Introduction to Steadying
One of the steps in steadying a puppy.
When exercising your Spaniels you can run into some relatives that would like to join in the fun.
This young fellow is a regular.
Fair warning: Please make sure you have your dogs in control when out and about for safety sake.
CPR Grounds near Coaldale, Alberta
A simple marked retrieve of the birds used for the land series are used.
Quartering - Tracking a Pheasant
Bird Planting Seminar CPR Grounds near Coaldale, Alberta
Self explanatory tracking and flushing situation after the bird is released into cover.
The absolute end of a hunting dogs career. You can not hunt if the dog is running away from a gun shot.
Simple accidents, mistakes or owner ignorance tend to be the precursors to a dog developing Gun Shyness.
Earlier in the day, while walking on a sidewalk past a house construction site a worker started using a nail gun.
This loud sound startled the 5 month old puppy badly. Not good.
Some immediate action was required to avoid a problem.
We returned shortly to the vicinity to do some training. I had to create a positive experience with the sound that had startled the puppy earlier. By using a little distance to reduce the volume and plenty of treats for positive reinforcement, we avoided a bigger problem.
Running for the love of it.
Bow River Treadmill
When it is just too hot to run in the field, some exercise in the river is a good cool alternative.
A True Spaniel Lover
Video of a walk about on the Trial grounds
The McVinnie Grounds near Picture Butte, Alberta.
Various course layout options can be seen in the Google Earth Image below.
First and Second Series in Blue, Yellow or Red.
Light Green is Third Series option, leaving the light blue for Puppy Stakes.
You can see some historical center line paths as well.
Cockers on the Sea Shore
Retrieving in the Ocean
Digging for Clams ?
Springer Spaniel Puppy taking over the Sofa.
English Springer Spaniel Puppy and Welsh Springer Spaniel working the winter Cattails together.