Saturday, February 21, 2009

Nice day for February...

Winnie went to the groomer this morning. She has her first non-puppy UKC show appearance next weekend so I wanted her to look her best! Good thing we did it a week in advance, because it takes several days for her to lose that Freshly Blow Dried Puffy look.

Anyway, we went for about a five mile walk after I picked her up. We did that for two reasons. First, it was unseasonably warm for February and the bright sunshine made for an enjoyable outing. And secondly, I am desperately trying to get her tired enough to sleep later than 6:00 tomorrow morning.

And as you can see below, she is really developing a stylish point. This particular point was to notify me of a woodpecker in the vicinity.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Pointing Nothing

Winnie looked great out in the field this weekend, hitting some great points! Only problem is, there wasn't a bird within a thousand yards of where we were training. I still don't know what she was pointing, mice maybe. She never caught any of the mystery subjects. But we both had a great time pretending to hunt!

Here's some video footage of her in action. Soon I'll get her in a field with some birds...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Hunt Mode

I don't have any Winnie pictures from today so I'm posting a glimpse of my new Winchester 12 gauge over/under that arrived yesterday after a long wait!

But I wasn't the only one thinking of bird hunting today. Winnie and I went for a walk and I let her run free (with the check cord). She really looked like a bird dog out there! There weren't actually any birds in the field where we were, but she actually had a few very nice points anyway.

I know, that might not seem like progress, pointing nothing or field mice or deer poop. But it was fun to see her truly lock up on a point and hold it long enough for me to reach her and 'flush' the imaginary bird. She did it about four times. I don't know what she smelled, but the points were great. We'll try it again tomorrow and maybe get some pics.

And another note about the whistle. I've been using one long burst for 'Here' and she has that down. She will drop what she's doing and get to me in a straight line. I've been told you can also use the whistle to get her to change directions. Maybe that was supposed to be one whistle to change direction and two to recall. So I've already messed that up.

But what I did today was give her a very short whistle and I used it as sort of a 'check in' command. When she would come to my vicinity on the short whistle I wouldn't praise her as much as I do with the recall. I'd keep walking and she'd just run by in sort of a 'fly by.' She quickly learned that the short whistle just meant to check in with me, then she'd go right back out to hunting mice or whatever. But the longer whistle, especially combined with me making eye contact with her, means get your butt all the way here. She's a smart dog and a really good girl!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Vote for Winnie!!

We'd love for all of Winnie's friends to Vote for Winnie in the BISSELL MVP Photo Contest 2009!

Bissell makes a lot of pet products, and one of the grand prizes is your pet can be pictured on some of the packaging! So please vote for Winnie!