fridgwayID wrote:I'm looking for someone in the Boise area to help me get my pup steady to scent. She's a two year GWP that has been hunting for two seasons now and is doing decently. She will sight point and hold anything but with scent she flash points and then dives in. I have property that we could train on and one (pathetic, I know) border launcher. Like I said, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Just as important is how this behavior started. If this started with already two season, did you or someone hunting with you started shooting those birds she busted? Or shot birds she did not point but flushed? Or did you run your dog with a flushing dog or another dog with this behavior monkey see, monkey does? Another possibility is just running with another dog that steals point or your dogs competitiveness causes him instead of honoring to steal point. The dog trying to steal point get closer and many times bust birds, it now becomes behavior if not corrected.
So if you or have someone else correct the dog from busting birds, then go back to what caused the dog to bust birds in the first place, your dog will go back to busting birds.
It is crucial for a young dog, not to shoot birds that have not been properly handled, roaded, busted, or even just flushed birds. Not saying that's what happened the above points out several other ways it can come about. Last but not least if a young or even an experienced dog gets into multiple birds can cause them to come unglued and make mistakes.
I would try to figure out what contributed to causing this behavior and avoid it so it does not reappear or repeat itself.
For a quick and effective fix just train stop to flush. The dog anticipating if flushed he will have to stop anyway will not flush or bust bird. Unless you go back to whatever started it in the first place.
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