Socializing puppies starts at just a few weeks of age at Best Gun Dogs. Here is my son Kyson with a young German Shorthaired Pointer puppy. Getting the puppies used to being held and touched at this age makes the puppies even more aware of you and your presence when they get older. It helps the puppies realize you’re a friend and not a foe. My boys have been asking me since the day the puppies where born if they could hold them. They just love to watch the puppies learn how to walk and want to be right in the whelping box with them. We spend time with the puppies often to get them accustomed to us. Soon we will be taking these puppies for walks around the yard and the the field getting used to all kinds of different smells and terrain. Working these puppies at a young age will only increase there abilities as they mature.
We will be hosting another Dave Walker Seminar here in Utah! We are excited to have Dave back this year he will be working with you and your hunting dog in the field teaching you how to work your dog. He will use live birds in the field, showing you how to teach your dog to hold point and how to handle birds. Dave will show you lots of great tips and equipment to make your training easy and quick. Dave has worked with all breeds of hunting dogs so all are invited to participate from puppies to finished dogs.
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This past week I had a great opportunity to do some quail hunting with my bird dogs. We had a great time with friends watching the dogs pointing, retrieving, and honoring. The dogs preformed well all finding birds and handling the birds with great class and style. This was Bell’s first official quail hunt and she stole the show coming out of the truck and finding 3 birds before making her way across the field. She stopped hunters in there tracks with her beautiful points and quick snappy hunting style. Hunting quail with friends is the reason I got started hunting with bird dogs. Hunting is just not the same with a fine tuned bird dog to help you enjoy the day!
Gus is a male shorthair pup that we breed in our kennel earlier this spring. He is about 6 months old now and is starting to show off his natural talent. Here he is pointing and holding a pigeon on point until the flush. We are excited about the results we have seen from our DozerXLacie litter and look forward to breeding her again next spring (2013) Gus has always pointed naturally with style and class. Retrieved naturally almost to hand and is the type of dog that likes to be with you. These are the traits that we are looking for in our breeding program. The complete package. So many times we see dogs that have a natural point but won’t retrieve or won’t point and love to retrieve. To me that’s like having a motorcycle with one flat tire. You can ride it if you want but it is not near as enjoyable.
Jimmy is a 7 month old English pointer out our LucyXBen litter. Jimmy was my pick of the males in the litter and we have had him here training from day one. Here he is holding a point on some quail. With Jimmy’s great genetics we simply have just put him on bird after bird and let him do what ever his instincts tell him to do. This is the proof of great genetics! You can’t contest that! Jimmy is holding point to the flush, retrieving birds to hand, and conditioned to the gun. We can’t wait to see how he will do hunting this fall. Even though he will be a young dog it will be fun to see him develop.
In a few short months we will be making our annual trip to hunt pheasants in South Dakota. Really and truly this is my favorite time of the year. It’s when all your work during the summer months pays off. This is when you get to see how good your dog really is on wild game. Hunting pheasants is no easy task especially when they are running and wild. Getting your dog on wild pheasant is the only way you can get them to become great pheasant dogs. Nothing makes hunting a better experience than sharing it with family and friends. So next time you’re in the field make sure you have your family close with you! Keep up the training this summer so on opening day you can have several roosters in the first hour!
Jetta’s puppies are here and they are already almost 6 weeks old and will be ready for there new homes soon. We are really happy with how the puppies are turning out. Jetta has been so much fun to train in the field and around the home. We are sad to see her go back to her owners home in St. George Utah. Although she will be missed we are glad that we have been able to have a litter of puppies from her. Visit bestgundogs.com for some puppy pictures.
Ginger is an 8 month old female Brittany we have in for hunting training. Here is a picture of her just a few days after she has been with us. She is already starting to hold her points and we are also getting her used to the gun. It’s exciting to watch her on point she is so intense! Her desire to hunt birds is very high. She has lots of natural ability that we are trying to get her to control so she will be able to go hunting this fall and put birds in the bag.
Bailey is a one year old female Brittany we have in for training. She has been here about 2 weeks and we are making good progress on her whoa training. Bailey has a ton of drive and is a bird crazy Brittany. Here is a photo of her standing point while I work my way around in front of her.
Sophie has been in our training program know for about 6 weeks. Although this picture isn’t the best. You can see here she is pointing a bird and holding a point with no cord. We barely have to even use the E-collar on her. She is a client dog that we have been proud to work. She is a good dog with tons of drive. She will be fun to pheasant hunt behind this fall with her training she will be ready to go to work.