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    Default Re: Hunting dog puppy training - Book recommendations and advice

    Quote Originally Posted by tracker View Post
    I have hunted over field trial dogs for the last 30 years. Was fortunate to befriend Jim Immink and we trained and hunted together for many years.
    I stopped trying to convince hunters to train to field trial standard and justifiably so. Most hunters are happy to get a point and shoot a bird. The training required is minimal and the hunter has a great time in the veld with his dog.
    The niceties of tearing up the Eastern Cape mountains, of 300 meter rodes, downwind finds, backing and dogs working as a proper brace are not required in the field, but if you have that quality of dog it’s something special.
    Recent years we hosted St Hubert events for individuals and teams. The events are frequented mainly by hunters with good dogs. After seeing field trial dog work several of the participants have stated training their dogs to a higher standard which is great for our sport. But that is not for everybody.
    Only recently 2015 a Field Trial Champion also won the St Hubert.
    It all depends on what the hunter wants and if he has the time to spend on his dog.
    The better your partner is trained the more you will enjoy your hunts.
    Indeed. You and I seem have spent much the same time with field trial pointers, I have many happy memories of trialling dogs with Jim all over the country - one of SA's most successful field triallers. If you have been trialling anywhere in SA we will know each other.

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    Default Re: Hunting dog puppy training - Book recommendations and advice

    Things changed here a bit.

    Wife and I started reading the recommend material and a German book on the subject. We both soon came to the conclusion that we bit of way more than we could chew with two pups. We also started at arse end of the process. We decided to make the most out of it.

    Then yesterday morning it turned out that that due to a misunderstanding on my part, I canceled my interest in the Münsterlander on Monday already. Mia Culpa. I was dealing with two people, different dogs, but same surname. I didn't check to I was writing the email.

    So, needless to say I was quite upset with myself, but also relieved about having one pup less in the house. We got to talking, and wife said she liked the idea of a hunting dog more, than the pup she wanted. Her pup is from a herding breed, and both parents are working dogs on a sheep farm. She felt that a hunting dog requires the same time investment, but it will actually have a purpose here. She withdrew her interest in the pup she wanted.

    After scanning through the official German GSP breeders association, we saw that a breeder close to us had a litter. We took the chance, and phoned.

    We are picking up our pup on Sunday. The Vet gave the greenlight yesterday already, but an official from the association is inspecting the pups for a last time today.

    The pups are from established and tested hunting bloodlines. Their parents are rated A2 for hip dysplasia.

    The breeder took his time to show us the mother, he answered all our questions and volunteered info for information we didn't ask. We took it as a good sign that he has no internet presence, but have a couple of people driving between 600 and 800km one way on Sunday to come fetch their pups


    So now we have one pup. The wife is keen to look for an older rescue for herself. She is going to help with the training, but it's set in stone that I will be responsible for the pup.

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    Next question: Castration - yay or nay?
    Some reading for you. I came across this article this morning and thought I'd pass it on for you: https://www.shootinguk.co.uk/gundogs...ing-dogs-90439

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    Default Re: Hunting dog puppy training - Book recommendations and advice

    A picture says a thousand words.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Springer View Post
    Some reading for you. I came across this article this morning and thought I'd pass it on for you: https://www.shootinguk.co.uk/gundogs...ing-dogs-90439
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by bchunter View Post
    A picture says a thousand words.....

    56C9F0EA-B19E-43CB-BF0C-E2CD0B62C408.jpg

    Nice! Looking forward to getting my pup to that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bchunter View Post
    A picture says a thousand words.....

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    Indescribable pleasure.

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