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    GSP dodges transfer list

    Had my first GSP now six months having been a labrador and terrier man for past 25 years. This puppy has driven me insane it has stolen whole blocks of cheese from the kitchen counter, eaten the kids dinner off the table, chewed countless shoes, wellies and tools, dug up strawberry patches three times and climbs on the furniture incessantly despite being told off!

    HOWEVER - he has just redeemed himself. Took a client out on monday who injured a large roe buck on a headland of a 100 acre rape field. Couldn't find the buck so came home for breakfast and went back out with the pack (experienced lab and terrier plus Dave the GSP). Let them out of the landrover and all three went into the rape, after 2 mins lab and terrier returned at which point I heard the roe buck squeal followed by DAVE barking and baying! By the time I got 250 yd out into rape all three had hold of it. BUT the GSP had found it - I think Dave might now have what it takes to go the distance.

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    Hee hee! GSPs can be extremely frustrating - Mine was always known as "MAD YORRIC" hence my handle. They are extremely intelligent dogs and get bored by inactivity and need good training. Yours is still a pup and they are slow to mature mentally - give him time. Get him properly socialised and trained and you will reap the rewards. Remember that the dog has it in him - you have only got to learn how to get it out! Telling him off will do more harm than good when he has misbehaved. He needs to know exactly where he stands in the hirearchy of your family pack. (You at the top with any other humans next and then the dog. He will be happiest knowing his place). Read up on the more modern dog training techniques, they are very different to those advocated 20 years ago.
    Above all enjoy his character!

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    Welcome to the joys of HPR ownership! I doubt if you will ever stop a GSP stealing food, the other misdermeaners should be curable.

    Its great that Dave found and latched onto the buck but, in the long term, you might want to work him more slowly and maybe on a long line when tracking? GSP's are great at thinking for themselves and dealing with situations as they develop but thats not always what you want.

    You will find loads of good (and some bad!) advice on here from experienced deer dog guys.

    I've got a smile on my face because I know how good it is when your dog finds a lost deer, good on you both.

    JC

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    thanks for the advice - the long line would be good in future but this time the buck was faster than us but also the rape was 5 foot tall and we couldnt get through it. This was a bit of a one off will be starting proper training with Dave in a few months time.....should be fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PATRICK CROFT GUNMAKERS View Post
    thanks for the advice - the long line would be good in future but this time the buck was faster than us but also the rape was 5 foot tall and we couldnt get through it. This was a bit of a one off will be starting proper training with Dave in a few months time.....should be fun!
    Glad to hear Dave's looking good Paddy. Bet the client was pleased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PATRICK CROFT GUNMAKERS View Post
    Had my first GSP now six months having been a labrador and terrier man for past 25 years. This puppy has driven me insane it has stolen whole blocks of cheese from the kitchen counter, eaten the kids dinner off the table, chewed countless shoes, wellies and tools, dug up strawberry patches three times and climbs on the furniture incessantly despite being told off!

    HOWEVER - he has just redeemed himself. Took a client out on monday who injured a large roe buck on a headland of a 100 acre rape field. Couldn't find the buck so came home for breakfast and went back out with the pack (experienced lab and terrier plus Dave the GSP). Let them out of the landrover and all three went into the rape, after 2 mins lab and terrier returned at which point I heard the roe buck squeal followed by DAVE barking and baying! By the time I got 250 yd out into rape all three had hold of it. BUT the GSP had found it - I think Dave might now have what it takes to go the distance.
    I see that you have got one of the thick GSPs! I had to put a lock on the fridge as he was not content to steal from the table but woukld raid the fridge when your back was turned.

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    Stealing food??? Who'se top dog there?? - The original Yorric only ever once stole food in all of his 17 years. That was because the wife (new mk 2 version) put a pan of beef curry down on the floor in the larder to cool. Little did she know at that time that Yorric loved curry. I couldn't blame the dog and certainly didn't reprimand him!!

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    sounds like they have all got the same traits ,tommy my gsp had a pan of bolognese of the cooker when the wife went out of the kitchen our training has been up and down he does everything properly training wise every time tracking and blood work is amazing and when you think everything is cracked he throws a spanner in the works but these things are here to test us,atb wayne

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    Hi Patrick, It sounds like Dave is a bigger boy than when I briefly met him back in December! He wasn't many weeks old then but I remember he had a taste for roe and was swinging from one of the does when they were hanging for gralloch!!

    That morning it was your other boys having fun with the hose pipe and the toilet overflow! Sounds like you have had a busy few months.

    All the best, Richard

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