Category Archives: Training

What a Bum

I’ve really been slacking here, busy with work, family, dogs. The rush has finally seemed to subside and as so has peenting at half-light with woodcock sure to begin their spring nesting. We’ll shift back to some grouse training action … Continue reading

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Left to Wallow In Mud and Misery . . . Hundreds of Miles Outside of Puppy Classic Judgment

About a week ago Pop was hobbling around on three good legs with one week ago today marking the entry deadline for the Grand National Grouse Puppy Classic. I decided to scratch Pop from the entry and save the fee, … Continue reading

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Murphy’s Law (again!)

I had Pop out yesterday. I loaded up Blaze, Annie and him to head out to an area I run dogs at occasionally. Annie and Blaze were run first, and separately. Pop was out of his box last and placed … Continue reading

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Last Dress Rehearsal

I ran Pop for the last time before we head to a trial this weekend in the middle of the Allegheny National Forest. Essentially, I’ve just been letting him roll; a lot of hands-off, no handling. Our practice course at … Continue reading

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“Quailiens”

Last night Pop, Tipper and I loaded up and headed down the road to a nice open tract of woods, we weren’t expecting to finds bird in it but were anticipating a nice 25-30 minute run to brush up on … Continue reading

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Pups and Boot Slups

I spent much of this past Saturday judging the puppy stake for the West Branch Grouse Trial Club. I did start the day showing up later than I wanted to… to watch the first brace of all-age (AA), which had … Continue reading

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Contact Has Been Made

We really missed most of the woodcock flight last spring, we did time up one evening well, but that was about it. Determined not to miss it this year we began early and didn’t wait for the majority of the … Continue reading

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First “Spring” Run

We’ve heard that a few are a finding returning woodcock, we went out this past weekend and found none. I would venture to guess that in you have access to land in the southern end of the state that slopes … Continue reading

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Getting Back Into Training Mode

For us, hunting season has been over for nearly a month. The dogs have had a considerable amount of time off and it’s time to start putting some work in again. Unfortunately there’s a hard crusting of snow right now, … Continue reading

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Summer Work Grinds On

It would seem this year’s high-water mark for us is set to happen early this fall. A week long trip is planned to some of the best grouse and woodcock hunting in North America and all efforts are being continually … Continue reading

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Tipper is up

Tipper was a pretty easy dog to steady up to wing, it didn’t take long. This was also relatively the same with steady to shot as well, at least usually when I missed. On occasion he had found the sight … Continue reading

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Annie Progressing

I’ve spent the last few days working Annie on a whoa post. I took it about as far as one person could handle a dog on 35 feet of line. I shook nearby branches, used another post in front of … Continue reading

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Where to go from here?

An important lesson is nearing(?) fruition on a personal level for me in dog training. Don’t get overloaded with dogs while trying to get the one you’re looking for. That gem was offered up to me some time ago while looking for my … Continue reading

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Popinjay looks to mean business…

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Wing-n-Stringin’ Popinjay

Yesterday day I received the expected registration and pedigree for the newest pup I call Pop. He received the first choice out of the three name choices we had requested. Officially, he’s Popinjay. Pop got a treat this past weekend none … Continue reading

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Two Saturdays Ago…

This was from March 2nd: Hearing woodcock sighting in the southern portion of the state last week had the dogs and I headed a few miles down the road to our always-find-one woodcock spot. I was feeling the tension of the morning, … Continue reading

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