Azgunner wrote:Hey there Mojavejohn.
When I acquired Smitty a little over a year ago I had never owned a bird dog or even hunted with anyone who had one so I was pretty ignorant about how to hunt with one. I decided to get my self educated and to get Smitty trained professionally. When I approached our trainer for the first time and told him that I wanted both of to be trained and he informed me that training the dog would be the easy part (he did have a smile on his face when he told me that ) but to his credit he did indeed train both of us and shared a vast amount of knowledge and insight about how to work with a dog. I now understand soooooo much more about hunting with a dog than I ever could have imagined.
I, like you thought that OK, I get the dog trained and we will be in the birds all the time, how wrong I was, as I stated in my post last night the Keys to success go far beyond just having a trained dog and now that I understand that I know to do my part to get the dog into areas where he can be set up to succeed, they can not find birds for us where there are none to be found.
Any first time or novice bird dog owner owes it to himself as well as the dog to get the owner the training needed to make it all come together.
If you are interested, I will get you the contact info about who I trained with. He will evaluate you and your dog and get you headed in the right direction and will always be there for you if you have questions. It's well worth the time and money.
Hunting with my Smitty is such a pleasure all the time and when we do get into the birds, Well, life just doesn't get any better!
I hope my ramblings are a help to you.
Love the great pics you posted
Have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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