July 8, 2012

Hunt Training with Redbirddog!

Today we woke up at 5:45AM (thank you Rod for letting us sleep in!) and drove up to Hastings for some training. Rod from Redbirddog blog was kind enough to not only let us tag along, but to also work some birds! Riley did amazing, as usual, but her silly owner (me!) needs to learn to shut up and use my whistle while she's working instead of my voice. I just get too excited! She did superbly finding and pointing the birds, even in the strong wind. As soon as she was downwind of the bird, she immediately followed the scent. I don't think I'll every grow tired of watching her hunt! We brought a small bumper with us and practiced some fetch as well, which she loved. Rod brought out his pheasant bumper and after a few tries, she also started fetching that for us as well! She made me one proud mama today. :) We are a little concerned that the fireworks over 4th of July set off close to our house may have made her a little gun-shy because she jumped a bit whenever Rod would shoot his shotgun. I think we will be making a trip to the store for a starter pistol so we can practice with it out in the field a couple times a week until she's used to it. Her leg is SO much better - she still has a bit of a limp after a hard run, but I'm hoping that will go away with time.

Reuben, Riley, and the field we worked today.

Riley would rather look at Rod than the camera!