Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
Depends on what you want. Some like the dog to be steady to wing (flush), shot and fall releasing only on command. Some like the dog to go on fall so they get a good mark (tough to see depending on cover). Some want breaking on shot believing that the dog will get to a cripple (maybe runner) faster. I am fine with my dogs doing that. I am not fine with them breaking on wing as I've seen some other guy's dogs jump for birds and be very close to the bird with their face when the (undisciplined hunter's) shot is fired.
I also don't mind if my dog understands the bird has moved (while I tried to get there) and relocates.
In a boat situation I want my dogs to be steady until I release them. Safety thing with tippy boat/canoe, limited space, etc. An unbexpected swim in chilly fall water is not fun.
When my Weimaraner was a pup under a year old, she would sometimes jump a bird instead of holding point. A great dog man told me never to shoot at a bumped bird. Said it would drive her nuts as all she wanted to do was fetch the bird to hand. He also told me to turn my back and walk away from her saying “noooooo” very loud and low. As hard as it was, I did exactly what he told me. No shooting and turn around and walk away. The dog hated it and ran around me in circles whimpering. It worked almost immediately. That said, I also think bringing the check cord back in is a great idea.
He said it's a Drahthaar (German Wirehaired Pointer). Young dog probably breaking on the wing (flush).
He's doing the right thing putting the pup back on the checkcord.
Good luck and enjoy the training!
It will be much more fun with a steady dog.
What kind of dog? Is he/she just getting too excited? No expert by any means, just curious.
It sucks when you get good dogs on birds and can't produce - Not saying it's your fault, just in general. Still kinda thick.
I have a french britt. When she was a pup, I'd drag an old wing across the yard and tell her "find the bird". No problem. She'd even point it sometimes when she was really young. I had high hopes.
Drop a cup on the floor and she was gone from the room from day one.
Odd thing was, before a gun was ever fired over her (actually never did). When that gun came out of the case, she wanted nothing to do with it. Let it sit near where she slept for weeks, no noise, nothing. Hard to explain, she wouldn't go near it and never had been exposed to guns before.
We've been hunting for 3 days, 2 in the rain with our 7 Mo old drahthaar. First time for her on grouse! We got skunked on Sunday in two of my better covers from last year but flushed 10 grouse in 3 hours yesterday and 8 today in and around the rain. Coco has abandoned most of her training and is back on the check cord today. I thought 8 flushes in 2.75 hrs in the rain was pretty good today! I haven't fired a shot!