Well I took my pup out stalking on Friday. I have hunted lots with a dog and shotgun, but never really stalked with one. And I shoot left handed. Some challenges immediately showed themselves:
walking to heel - I've always had a dog on my left hand side - but gets in the way of rifle handling. She is now on the right.
using a dog lead - ultimately I would like her off a lead, but she is only little and would prefer she never gets the chance to chase. I need to attach the lead to me so I can use binoculars etc. I did loop the end of lead through my belt - but what do others do.
Saying that it was a good result. We got into a doe at 30 yards and she was very nice and steady although sniffing hard, and a few minutes later I called in a fox and I had a shot at a it from a seated position with her right close to me. I was concentrating more on her and pulled the shot, b....., but she did nt show any reaction to the shot at all which is ideal.
Total time was 20 minutes so short and sweet and great to see her potential. I just need to work out how to carry sticks, rifle, bins and manage a dog all at the same time.