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    BMH And recall training

    Hi

    I have a 6month-old BMH bitch who is coming along well with her tracking. However I'm really struggling with re calling her when she decides to chase after a hare or a bird. If there is nothing more interesting about she is fine but every now and then she just takes off in pursuit and she won't come back until she looses sight of it or I have caught up with her to give her a telling off. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

    Jimmy

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    I have no doubt that others on here will tell you how great their dogs recall but my 5 year old BMH is certainly not 100% reliable. One trait of the BMH is to fully commit to tracking to an end. IMO this total commitment/determination is what enables the dog to persevere when the going gets tough. This trait does not just apply to tracking. My dog can demonstrate this bone headedness in all sorts of ways one of these being if he fancies chasing a bird he will do and once in that mind set recalling him just does not feature. My dog will walk at heel no problem when stalking, he walks at whatever pace I walk at, he will sit and stay no problem, has never chased anything whilst stalking but if out on a normal walk and he puts up a pheasant no amount of calling him will stop him. I'm afraid to say but if I take him to a place where chasing is not wanted or safe the leash is on. I have owned numerous and various dogs but the BMH has a mind that is different from any other dog.

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    I don't have a BMH but my Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla is exactly the same, 10 months old and steady as a rock when it's me, him and the rifle. He sat by my side today watching a Doe for over an hour and didn't flinch once, when I stalk he stalks along side me watching me all the time, when I glass he sits or lays down at my feet, but when he's out for a walk over the beach or the fields he can get the deaf ears on, especially if there's a rabbit on the go. He just has to chase them! He undoubtedly knows what he can & can't get away with!!! Clever animals.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jackfish View Post
    I don't have a BMH but my Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla is exactly the same, 10 months old and steady as a rock when it's me, him and the rifle. He sat by my side today watching a Doe for over an hour and didn't flinch once, when I stalk he stalks along side me watching me all the time, when I glass he sits or lays down at my feet, but when he's out for a walk over the beach or the fields he can get the deaf ears on, especially if there's a rabbit on the go. He just has to chase them! He undoubtedly knows what he can & can't get away with!!! Clever animals.
    Clever indeed !!

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    I have a BMH and he is no different to what anybody has explained. He will walk too heel better than my Lab, he will stop on the whistle and recall to the whistle however when he puts his nose to the ground to scent he is as my other half says ''just like you, ignores everything I say'' not sure what she means! Here he is.

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    (Previously said)

    I have always said, there are Dogs, there is Terriers and there are Hounds!

    I have trained many dogs, Labradors, Spaniels (Springer’s & Cockers) and BMH. All are specialised breeds for different needs however that said I have always for basic steadiness training trained whatever breeds as if it was a Labrador.

    It works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza View Post
    I have no doubt that others on here will tell you how great their dogs recall but my 5 year old BMH is certainly not 100% reliable. One trait of the BMH is to fully commit to tracking to an end. IMO this total commitment/determination is what enables the dog to persevere when the going gets tough. This trait does not just apply to tracking. My dog can demonstrate this bone headedness in all sorts of ways one of these being if he fancies chasing a bird he will do and once in that mind set recalling him just does not feature. My dog will walk at heel no problem when stalking, he walks at whatever pace I walk at, he will sit and stay no problem, has never chased anything whilst stalking but if out on a normal walk and he puts up a pheasant no amount of calling him will stop him. I'm afraid to say but if I take him to a place where chasing is not wanted or safe the leash is on. I have owned numerous and various dogs but the BMH has a mind that is different from any other dog.
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    As garza said my BMh dog nearly 6 years old has the same moments good as gold most of the time then has a mind of his own

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    Thanks for the replies, by the sounds of it my pup is the same as most so I will just have to carry on. 95% of the time she is fine, she sits under the highseat with pheasants all around her and doesn't make a sound but if she sees one when we are on a walk or puts one up she's gone. Hopefully she will grow out of it in time.

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    20 month old BMH dog here who exhibits all the traits described. Steady as steady can be when it matters, but loopy as you like with my Jack and my lab. Has developed a habit of digging for voles in the paddocks round the house, when he's busy at it there's no getting him back. Using the words "RIGHT THEN" before recalling him gets his attention! They are clever dogs as noted and I wouldn't be with out him. He's crashed out on the sofa with the other two right now waiting for Santa. Happy Christmas everyone.

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