Well it looks like WE will be getting a new puppy in the spring. I say we because the whole family wants to help train it this time and the boys really want another dog.
The guy who helped me train Judy, Dave Terhan from On-Point Kennels will be having a litter in Feb if everything goes according to plan and Mr Murphy does not show up! The pups will be ready in May. If anyone is looking for great dogs he has a few deposits left. His dogs are real mellow around the house but turn into machines when they hit the woods, exactly what I am looking for.
One thing that Daves dogs do is blood track. He found a doe for a friend of mine a few weeks back that was almost a 2 day old track and his dog tasha tracked it 1000 yards by the gps like she was on a rope. I hope to be able to train the new dog to be able to blood track as well.
Dave worked with me during some NAVHDA events. He's top notch and knows his dogs very well. Tracking is mandatory for the Natural Ability tests in Navhda. The local chapter in Merrimack is good folks and very helpful. PM me if you want any more info on training for NA or Utility. My WPG Gus will be looking for his utility test next fall.
Blood tracking and scent tracking are two different things. The NA test in NAVHDA is scent tracking. The blood tracking is for the dog to be able to track wounded game such as deer and the scent track is for a dog to learn to track a bird that is wounded and is running.
My first dog excelled at tracking wounded birds and fowl but I never put her on a blood track. The new puppies will be trained in that.
I used to belong to the Yankee chapter of NAVHDA. I dont think the Merrimack chapter was around or if it was it was not as active as the Yankee chapter.
regnar, You're right about the blood tracking I was just speaking about NAVHDA tracking. The Merrimack Chapter is new and growing as such it is not quite as organized as the yankee chapter. I try to go to both groups events and training days. A lot of people are involved with both chapters. Dave usually attends both chapters training days. Did you go through utility with your first dog? Where are you planning on training? Do you belong to a hunt club where you can get on birds?
I have access to several farms to train the dog. A lot better places than I had with Judy, my old GSP. As for birds I will trap pigeons and buy quail. I used to buy them with dave. I still have my quail pen in the back yard. Yes I went t NA and the utility tests. We got prize 1 in both. It was a breeze for my dog but a lot of work for me!!!!
I used to go to Green mtn kennel to do some hunts with the dog. I used to run her for a few guys who did not have dogs so I got free birds! Also used to do some hunts down at Addieville in RI. But the best was taking her to northern Ontario in the fall. The last couple years were lean but before that it was common to shoot 80-100 birds over her in a week or so of hunting. We had myself, my wife, my father in law and two brother in laws as well as my nephew shooting birds over her. LOTS and LOTS of Partridge!!
A bunch of green heads, She retrieved every one.
My and the wifes's limit of grouse.
favorite mode of travel in the bush
My first double
Kyle and judy, no he did not shot the bird but she retrieved it to him
Wow...sounds like you've got a ton of experience already and you're all set for that new pup. Good luck with him and maybe I'll see you at a Navhda meeting soon. I'm heading out to Kansas next week to get my one year old Griffon on some wild Pheasant. He's done pretty well on Grouse this year although lately he's having trouble holding them until I get to them. Lots of wild flushes, he should learn a lot in a week of hunting out in the midwest.
well we dropped off the deposit for the puppy. We are #4 on the pick list so as long as the breeding goes well we should be all set. The wife was wanting two dogs but thankfully Dave was able to persuade her that would not be a good decision!!
regnar...the itch to get one myself is starting to get to me. Is your pup local? And if you don't mind, what's the going rate?
I found a place about 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh that I plan on contacting with questions about their Deutsch Kurzhaars (German "Registered" Shorthaired Pointers) that they sell and train. I like the idea of buying one from my home state and close to family but not sure if it's the right thing to do. I've got a ton of question for them before I do anything.
They can be train for just about for anything as we talked about before. I'm looking to train mine for grouse and rabbit pointing. It's would be awesome if I could train her for pointing cottontails and then turning the beagles loose on the rabbits. It would save me coving all the brush I hit plus having to buy new boots every other year. Those multi roses are rough on boots
"It's better to be hated for who you are…then liked for you're not"
I would like a German Shepard that is ridiculously trained as a guard dog. I don't need a guard dog, but think it would be cool to have a side kick that would growl and show its' teeth on command, and other scary stuff to fend off potential trouble.
But would also stop and be nice without hesitation. Be cool around kids and family and also be a regular dog.
Deja is already testing in the German system and doing well, (she is just over 2). She is a medium build dog so we should have about 50-55 pound females, which is perfect for us. We went up and saw them last week and she is much more mello than judy was around the house but she is a very hard hunter. Judy was a hard hunter but cold not turn it off.
As far as hunting rabbits, you dont have to worry about beagles. These dogs will run rabbits just like a beagle just a lot faster. If you put your time in with the dog, you will have a great all around hunting dog.