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Annabella’s Doc Holliday

July 17th, 2013 No comments

Brittany Male - Doc First Point 6wks

Doc was the standout puppy from our recent Lizzy X Tucker brittany litter. He has shown great bird drive and pointing instincts. He did very well on his bird introduction at the training grounds and was always searching the perimeter for more birds. We like his looks and his personality. He is going to be a heavy liver roan color like his sire Tucker. He is calm and easy going around the house and good with the kids. But, he shows a ton of drive in the field.

Doc Bird Intro 6wks - Liver Roan Brittany Puppy

In the litter photos he was known as PigPen and since we decided to keep him we have renamed him Doc. His official registered name will be Annabella’s Doc Holliday after the famous gunslinger in the old wild west. We look forward to watching Doc grow and develop as he continues his bird dog training.

Annie Oakley – Quail Introduction

July 11th, 2013 No comments

Annies First Quail Retrieve

Annabella’s Annie Oakley is doing really well with her bird dog training. She is a fine brittany female and we are having a blast with her training. She loves birds and had her first bobwhite quail exposure this week. Annie has a good nose and is showing great signs of intelligence in her search patterns. She covers a lot of ground and hunts objectives. We feel that frequent and early bird exposure is crucial to raising good bird dogs.

Early Puppy Socialization

November 29th, 2011 No comments

2wk Puppies Morgan KinnyOne of the things we are proud about is that our brittany puppies are extremely well socialized. They are handled daily from their first hours of life and this makes a big difference. A well socialized puppy is a puppy that is ready for anything. By the time our puppies go home at 7-8 weeks old they have been introduced to many new things. We take them on walks, they meet horses, cats, other dogs, people, mud, water, birds, noises, bugs, bikes, etc… We take them for rides in the car. We get them used to a collar and a leash, loading into a dog crate. More time with kids and meeting strangers, playing with them and retrieving toys. The results? You get a well-adjusted brittany puppy that is ready for anything. A confident puppy that is ready to learn and grow with you. An Annabella Brittany Puppy.

Puppy Introduction to Birds

October 21st, 2011 2 comments

Hunter Bird Intro Quail

This is just one of my favorite phases of training a bird dog. The bird introduction is so important in getting a young puppy excited about birds and hunting. It is a pure joy to see the light come on as you put the first feathers in front of them. They catch on real fast that birds are wonderful and very tasty. I like to use a small quail in the beginning. If using a live bird be sure to hold the wings securely. You can use a wing as well to get them used to the smell. It doesn’t take long before they want to mouth it and hold it. Then before you know it they are retrieving pigeons.

Cody Retrieves Pigeon

Bailey’s Bird Introduction

July 12th, 2010 No comments

Bailey Pointing Quail I was able to play with another Buster X Annie puppy this week. Bailey was on her way home to AZ from spending the 4th of July in Montana. She wanted to spend some time with us and see some birds. Bailey did great and pointed nicely. She even had a good retrieve on a pigeon and pointed a couple of bobwhite quail.

Working with Puppies

June 2nd, 2010 No comments

Bubba and Hannah One of my favorite things in dog training is starting a young puppy. It is such a joy to watch their instincts come to life and see them blossom before your very eyes. Most bird dogs have the natural ability to be a good hunting companion. It is a rare brittany that does not have these instincts deeply ingrained. My kids love to help with the naming of young puppies. Hannah and me decided to name this big boy “Bubba”. We brought him home with his sister “Lexie” to start in our gun dog training program. Both puppies have strong pointing instincts.

Lexie is pictured below pointing a wing on a string. She is quite a bit smaller than her brother Bubba but she makes up for it in attitude. We will be training both of these pups to sell in the fall to hunting homes. They are AKC registered and are up to date on their shots.
Lexie Pointing

Training Day with Bella

April 24th, 2010 No comments

Annie X Buster puppy Bella at 6 months

This is one of Annie and Buster’s puppies “Bella”. I got to spend some time with her and her owners on Saturday at a training day in Nephi, UT. Travis Proctor and friends were there evaluating some very nice english pointers and setters. It was fun to get to see Bella and how she is growing up so fast. She is a little taller than Annie and seems to have some of Busters long legs. We were able to throw a quail out for her and work with her on her retrieve. She did really well for her first bird introduction and retrieved the quail right back to Mike. This is Mike telling Bella what a good job she did.

Bella 6 mos Quail Retrieve

Wing on a string training

December 14th, 2009 No comments
Wing on a string method for training pointing dogs

Wing on a string method for training pointing dogs

Some will argue that wing on a string training can be counter-productive. While I agree that the wing on a string can possibly be over-used and may encourage a dog to sight point. I think it can be a great teaser when a puppy is young to bring out that pointing instinct. I only do it 2-3 times while the puppy is young and usually try to include the bird introduction lessons a few days before or after. Puppies will respond quite readily to the simple wing on a string and it is fun to see how deeply ingrained the pointing instinct is.

Ideally you would tie a quail, chukar or pheasant wing to the end of a fishing pole although a piece of tissue will work as well. It is important to not let the puppy get a hold of the wing. A few flutters out in front of the pup will draw their attention. When the puppy charges in, jerk the wing away to a new spot 10-12 feet away and flutter it again gently. The soft twitching motion will drive the pups crazy and you should see them point very soon thereafter if not instantly. Keep in mind this is just a short game and should only go on for a few minutes. Do not get worried if your puppy does not point. Some bird dogs take a while to point. They all seem to develop at their own pace.

Brittany Puppies Chasing Chukar Video

December 7th, 2009 No comments

In bringing a young hunting dog puppy along, the bird introduction is one of the funnest places to start. You can use a clipped wing pigeon, quail or chukar. I like to use the quail or pigeons on young pups because the size of the bird is not too intimidating. You can trim the flight feathers on one wing, or simply pluck them out. They will grow back with time if the bird doesn’t get chewed up too bad. I start by waving the bird in front of the puppy and let them get a good sniff. Then I toss the bird a few feet and see if the puppy will give chase. Typically they can’t stand the bird running and flapping and their prey-drive will kick in. The main goal of this drill is to get the puppy excited about birds. Being interested in birds is the foundation for building a bird dog.

This training drill can also be turned into a retrieving introduction. For best results you should do this in an enclosed area or with a lead fastened to the puppies collar. It is very natural for a dog to pick up a bird in his mouth, but bringing it back is the trick. Once they pick it up reel them in slowly with the lead and give the “fetch” or “here” command. When they get within reach, don’t take the bird right away. Pat them down good and pile on the praise. Let them hold the bird for a minute or two while you really build them up. Then get the bird and throw it again for another try. Do it a few times and put it away. Training should be fun, as well as short and sweet.

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