Last year to go with the spaniels Emma got me to get a clumber spaniel she has been after one for years. I personally have always resisted as they have been two heavy and mostly show breeding, not the original clumber I remember for 30 or so years ago.
Eventually I relented and we went to look at a litter of working bred clumbers and we came home with Treacle “Yes I know not my choice of name”
Now she is doing well in training and obedient, she is not as fast as the Springer’s but she covers the ground very well and who hovers up sent like a vacuum cleaner.
Because she is a lot slower than the springers she falls behind covering ground And I'm constantly having to wait for her. I'm wondering if it is possible to train her purely as a deer dog as I have been looking for a large Munsterlander or similar some time and been unable to trace one.
Just to give you an example of the way she scents, if she's in the garden with the springers she can pick up a minute or so on a good scent before the Springer's do. At the back of the house theres a large field full of pheasants, we have a 4 foot wooden fence between us, if all dogs are out in the garden and a pheasant passes by the fence, treacle can pick up on it anything up to a minute before the spaniels. Having sat and watched her for the last year, I am slowly getting used to the way that she works.
Over the last 20 years i have trained numerous springers and Labrador's to retrieve and flush game, I am now wanting to train a dog track scent so where do we go from here?. I think that treacle has got the ability to be a good scenting dog. Apparantly one of the the biggest assets of the clumber spaniel breed is their ability to send well, however as I found this does make working a lot slower even though she is fast for a clumber, unless I was running a pack of clumbers for picking up I can't see a place for her in the team but she shall still be used singularly.
As I have never trained a dog to track specific scent i dont know where to start. where do you guys start when training pup or young dog? Any help or advice would be gratefully received and truly welcome. she is now a year old but is still very immature in her mind.
All the best Ash and Emma