that sucks, but I guess it is good too. I like that sight.
Jim, I see you are with the Rock Tavern Chapter. I should be seeing you in the spring. I'll be taking my pup to the clinics. Just got my NAVHDA packet the other day.
You are going to really enjoy it! Very well run and alot of help. It's always better when you have an unbiased viewer giving you tips and techniques. I found it indispensible. If I had attempted to train with just the aid of books and videos I don't think I would be this far along...
Mike there is a guy who runs the training clinics... his name is Bob. He also runs private clinic during the hunting season down at Colliers Mills. It might be wise to meet with him a couple of times when you get ready. He's like the guru trainer... I call him the dog whisperer. He really knows his shit... If you are interested let me know...
After you pay your chapter dues the only cost is for the birds you buy to train with. I usually buy 2-3 quail which are $7.00. $6.00 for the bird a dollar for the club. But you don't have to buy any bird traps, bird bags etc.. The club provides all that.
The private clinics are very reasonable. With the puppies it is not long extensive training sessions maybe an hour tops. It's important to keep it fun. Do yourself a favor and let Bob help you introduce the gun... VERY IMPORTANT. Depending on how much work he does with you and the pup I would say in the neighborhood of $20-$40
we should meet up with Bob down at Colliers Mills one Sunday. Nugbuk and I are planning on going down pretty soon... I'll let you know when we go.
The first time a gun was fired near my dog... The pup was chasing a quail with a long streamer hanging from it's leg and we fired a blank pistol from about 15-20 yds away. He never flinched... his attention was totally directed on the bird. We did this a couple of times and this is where help is important. You keep the dog happy and excited and someone else pulls the trigger. It's just a great bunch of people and I think you'll find the resource of their collective knowledge very very beneficial.
Jim, do you think a pup could possibly be ready for birds at a preserve the end of March/ begining of April? I keep reading things about dogs getting birds by 6 months old. Or do you think I am just hopeful? I am not going to push her too hard. I know all dogs are different.
I'm not sure Mike... If your gonna have 3 guys shooting 12 ga. shotguns over her at a hightailing pheasant. I would say NO. If it's just you and she has been properly introduced to the gun and has had some just plain old bird chasing under her belt (no shooting) then maybe. I was shooting quail over my dog this summer at 6 and 7 months. But that was 1 or 2 birds in very controlled surroundings. My dog is 10 months old and I have yet to shoot a bird over him in a true hunting experience. Though we have tried... just haven't found any birds yet [mad]