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The Bird Dog Training Manual, by Dave Walker has been my go to book for traing for many years. Its easy to follow instructions have enabled me to move my dogs from simple hunting dogs to real produces in the field. Dave's book is one of the reasons that my Brittanys Wow those who hunt behind them.
The Brittany: Amateurs Training with Professionals, was the first book that I purchased upon getting my dog Tania. It is an easy to understand and follow book that is a must for those new to the Brittany and to training.
There are several areas, within the Wasatch Front, that can be used for dog training. The two that I use, most often, are listed below:
6000 West 2100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84128. (801) 972-1326
More to come as I get the addresses. I guess this is what I get from just knowing how to get there.
Wing on a string:
Using an old fishing pole, attach a pheasant, grouse or whatever type of game bird wing you have at hand using heavey duty testline. The string should be no more than 12 feet in length. Once attached, flick the wing away from you, but within the vision of your pup. When the pup sees the wing, it should go into a pointing stance. If the pup begins to creep, give the pole a small jerk. This should cause the pup to become still. This can be done for short periods of time. Your puppy should begin to get the idea that birds are to be pointed and not attacked. I tend to do this in the backyard when I cannot get out in the field for more extensive training. This type of training is used for puppies.
Pigeons are a standard in the birddog training world. Whether you are planting sleeping birds or using a launcher, it doen't matter. To begin with, make friends with your local pest control company, as they can often be your best source of low cost birds. When your puppy is just starting out, try placing the pigeon in a small wire cage for a few minutes at a time so that your puppy can get used to the scent. When you begin working your pup is the field, attach a small, 10"x10", piece of cardboard to one of the pigeon's feet using a piece of yarn. The yarn should be around 18 inches when folded in half. Dizzy the pigeon and let it fly with the puppy chasing. When the puppy is a bit older, and you have deemed it ready, try planting the dizzy bird when your pup is not watching. Release your pup and watch as it starts to hunt. By this time, you should have a check cord and training collar. I prefer those made by Dave Walker.
One of the best trainging tools for the new trainer is the companionship of other, well trained, dogs. Most puppies have a follow and do mentality that can be invaluable when first introducing a puppy to the hunting environment. Contact your local pointing dog club and see if they have any hunting trips or training days scheduled. Call your buddy whose dog you have always amired. Call the breeder where you abtained your dog. Ask to tag along and for your dog to follow and learn from the older, more experienced dogs. Your puppy will lean to move through the bird field as it follow these well trained dogs. It must be mentioned that untrained hunting dogs will do as much damage to your new hunting partner as well trained dogs will do good.