Category Archives: Training

Blaze on Woodcock

To beat a dead horse to bits, I’ll open again by giving you Blaze’s background and how he ended up with me. Blaze was out of a Pennstar female, sired by Long Gone Boston. To shorten the story, the litter … Continue reading

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Weekend Run

I took Blaze and Annie, two younger dogs I have out for a morning run this past Saturday. It was fairly cool and awfully wet. In this particular area I’ve never come across a single grouse but I’ve never come … Continue reading

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Unconventional Dog Conditioning

Brought about by the argument (exact originating source unknown) that setters should be fully grown before roading, I’ve been thinking of other ways to get both Blaze and Annie conditioned. The aforementioned argument is grounded in the idea that the … Continue reading

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Dealing with the Heat

Indeed the dog days of summer are upon us. Here in central PA we’ve been in the 90’s all week and they’re calling for 102 tomorrow. The generation of the term dog days of summer had little to do with … Continue reading

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Throttling Back

As of late I’ve been a little back and forth in my training methods. I’ve done some training to get the younger Annie and Blaze prepared to stand birds until I flush this fall. In that regard I’m at a … Continue reading

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Handing over the Reins

This past Saturday I went to a pointing dog training seminar about an hour from home. The host trainer and I have been helping each other for a while now. I pick his brain and tap into nearly 40 years … Continue reading

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Whoa Training

Whoa. Probably the most important command for a pointing dog. Teaching a dog whoa can considerably speed up breaking a dog. By breaking a dog I mean one that will remain steady to wing and shot and not move off … Continue reading

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AAAAARRRRGH!

Well, I didn’t have someone pull the football away on a place kick but it was still just as aggravating, leaving me not the happiest camper for the evening. Tonight I had Blaze out on a planted quail placed in a … Continue reading

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Sorely Missing Autumn

As much as I enjoy the warmth of summer and the perks that accompany it, I’ve started looking forward to, and admittedly at times am impatient, waiting for autumn to arrive. I suppose these more recent longings have been brought … Continue reading

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Tipper’s Last Wild Bird Run for this Spring

Here’s a video I took of Tipper’s last wild bird run for this spring. By the steadiness (lack of) of the camera it’s hard to believe I make part of my living working for the likes of ESPN. In my … Continue reading

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Building a Quail Recall Pen

Birds make bird dogs and are invaluable tools when developing young dogs. They help lay the ground rules for handling wild birds. The three most common training birds found at most clubs and kennels are pigeons, quail, and chukar, all … Continue reading

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Got a phone call. . .

I train my own dogs and the satisfaction of shooting a young dog’s first pointed grouse is second to none for me. But perhaps train is the wrong word. . . I’ll continue that thought in a moment. My wife … Continue reading

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Planned Spring Training Yields Fall Rewards

Spring is basically (un)officially here for all of us in the lower 48, at least as it pertains to dog training. Reports of woodcock are beginning to be heard from the far northeast and new england states meaning things should … Continue reading

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Spring Training Begins

Here’s just a few photos from this past weekend. I’ve been hearing reports of sporadic woodcock sightings across the state. We found a couple but are anticipating the brunt of the migration is a week or three behind these few … Continue reading

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A Journal for the Grouse Hunter

Back when I began this website my intention was to create an online journal about my trips afield and the ongoing development of my young dogs.  If you go back through some of my entries you’ll see some gaps in … Continue reading

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Setter State of the Union

Being two hunts into the late season, I thought I’d note some things on each dog’s progress so far this season.  Tipper (whelped 4/2010) is still my go to dog.  Handling grouse just seemed to click for him very early … Continue reading

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