Sound advice thank you for the reply, he will be used purely for retrieval of deer in wind blow etc etcbond with the dog first and get this strong, play with skins ragging and such like get the pup playing, everyone here says they are slow to mature and need time, my German friends have huge amount of things to do with testing and start early.
just build slowly and break everything down into short exercises that are fun for the dog and don't rush forward, make sure everything you do with the dog is achievable and nailed down before moving on rushing forward will give you nightmares and some things can never be undone. Anything to do with a rifle and deer keep separate depending on what you actually are wanting to achieve, what are you planning for the dog, regards wayne.
Perfect thank you very much, I have carcasses daily so that will not be a problem.my advise is as above, start with a strong pole and rope with a 2ft piece of skin tied play with the dog and get it to chase latch on and rag the skin, get a carcass for the pup to familiarize itself with and get used to grabbing hold, this is done at pup stage abroad and here many dogs get too old before trying and many don't do this and expect a dog to hold or bay and see the deer pushed on. the ragging and playing with skins will never be boring and it is used all the time after tracks as play/treats. feed the dog on skins and get the prey drive instilled in the dog,regards wayne
Will do buddy, yep I'll try and get that squared before anything.If your pup turns out like the typical GWP the last thing you'll need to teach it is to chase and latch on
I've had two, still currently have one and finding the brake was the problem.
You'll need to post a photo of it, best of luck.
You had better draw up a much larger to do list for the dog. They are intelligent needing a fair amount of stimulus and exercise, if left to his own devices his sense of humour to amuse himself rarely matches his ownersSound advice thank you for the reply, he will be used purely for retrieval of deer in wind blow etc etc
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Ideal I'm a keeper so will get him on the birds to thanks for the adviceI have no stalking now sadly, I just have to pay for days, this is no good for dog or me. Last year I started him beating and picking up, once he got to grips with it the more I let him think for himself the better he was. Hes the only dog that will point woodcock or able to find them. He loves the water he will retrive ducks off the lake all day long. My mate the keeper was never a fan of pointers hes been converted. What I am trying to say is the more you do with dogs the better they are.
I have no stalking now sadly, I just have to pay for days, this is no good for dog or me. Last year I started him beating and picking up, once he got to grips with it the more I let him think for himself the better he was. Hes the only dog that will point woodcock or able to find them. He loves the water he will retrive ducks off the lake all day long. My mate the keeper was never a fan of pointers hes been converted. What I am trying to say is the more you do with dogs the better they are.
He wont range to much to be fair but when he does it seems be down to the wind, Trust is the key, once he has it you have to trust them, I would lose sight of him in say brambles and panic that he had ran on, I would be calling him or getting wound up, I would take a few paces and there he would be on point, then I would be wild at myself. Mine is a SRHP 2 years old. The dog has taught me more that I him. I found consistency is key. when I go to his food bin he runs to the shed and sits on the step, he wont move while I get his food then I fill his bowl all the time hes watching, if wanted I could go make a brew and he will still be there until I tell him he can have it. the kids put treats on the floor for him and make him wait, but these are things ive done from day one now he just does it without being told. He knows hes getting it if he waits. Same with retrieving he sits he waits knowing that if he waits I will let him go which is what he wants to do so hes being rewarded. put time in and theres not much more rewarding than seeing a dog work so well.100 % agree. Re - call is the hard nut to crack on a wire, patience and calm in bucket loads is the way
After he got the tracking fired up and bang on, my wire took to everything, retrieving anything on land water, foxes , ducks geese, rabbits all game including woodcock they are a pretty awesome breed whatever you throw at em, they do in style, pace and the more they get the more they want.
Mine liked to Range and to hone in on anything, that was his way of sending all the details through his nose, once he trusts you and you him on what they can do it is awesome just to watch them track in their own fearless way, I used to lay a track for use at night and use a thermal, a wires nose is incredible
Good luck with yours I’m sure he will be a credit to you