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Hey yall. I have a 13month old english pointer, and she is only flushing birds and not pointing them. She is also hunting 25 yar

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  • Hey yall. I have a 13month old english pointer, and she is only flushing birds and not pointing them. She is also hunting 25 yar

    Hey yall. I have a 13month old english pointer, and she is only flushing birds and not pointing them. She is also hunting 25 yards ahead of us, which is way to far. she has been about 5 times already. Any Suggestions? training tips? ideas? It is really frustrating. Thanks!

  • #2
    Get her into more birds. If you don't have access to training birds go to a preserve where there should be knowledgeable dog people and birds.

    My opinion, 25 yards ahead of you is fine and, for a pointing dog, pretty close range already.

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    • #3
      She needs to learn Whoa. Wing clip a pigeon, put her on the check cord, when she starts making game (acting birdy) command whoa and apply pressure with the check cord to make her stop.
      She should have been taught as a puppy to point a quail wing on a fishing pole and she would have learned this early on. Face this problem now and correct it, lest neither of you will have a happy relationship with each other.

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      • #4
        appreciate the tips. Already been outback working with her with a wing, holding the wing right in front of her, saying "woah", restraining her, and she's already getting the hang of it.

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        • #5
          You are very lucky to get an answer from Phil Bourjaily. I've had great success training dogs on a shooting preserve.

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          • #6
            English pointers like to range. Your dog is actually working close for this breed. A young dog thinks they can catch the bird so they flush them. I have seen a 11 mounth old dog exposed to more than 60 birds before they held a point. Pigeons is a good suggestion for training and is cheaper. Follow the suggestions given, have patience, you and your dog will learn together.

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