Hunting Dogs 101 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Uploaded by TexasParksWildlife on 20.11.2009

Transcript:
[goose call]
Sit.
Good. Mark.
boo-ray!
[splash] Jazz!
[splash]
[whistle]
Come around Sadie. Sadie, come around.
This is Sadie, she's a Red Setter,
developed from the Irish Setters.
This is Xena, she's a German Shorthaired Pointer,
unbelievable nose.
This is a Springer Spaniel. [splash]
ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISIONS
A BIRD HUNTER MAKES
IS WHAT KIND OF DOG TO GET.
He's a pointer, an American Pointer.
THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB CALLS THEM THE SPORTING GROUP
AND RECOGNIZES 26 DIFFERENT BREEDS.
EACH BREED HAS DIFFERENT ATTRIBUTES
BUT ALL CRAVE 2 THINGS: TO FIND BIRDS
AND PLEASE THEIR MASTERS.
[music]
[dog panting]
SPORTING DOGS ARE DIVIDED INTO 2 GENERAL TYPES,
THOSE USED ON UPLAND GAME LIKE QUAIL AND PHEASANT
AND RETRIEVERS, USED TO HUNT WATEFOWL
LIKE DUCKS AND GEESE.
There she is.
RODY BEST TRAINS RETRIEVERS AT TRIPLE CROWN DOG ACADEMY
JUST OUTSIDE AUSTIN.
Back!
THIS IS A LABRADOR RETRIEVER.
RODY TRAINS A LOT OF LABRADOR RETRIEVERS.
Labrador Retrievers are actually the #1 AKC registered
canine in America.
They're a very popular dog because of their polite and gentle disposition.
They make a great family companion
and also make a great hunting companion.
LABRADOR RETRIEVERS COME IN 3 COLORS:
BLACK,
YELLOW,
AND CHOCOLATE.
Jazz!
[splash]
This is Tory.
Tory is a black female Labrador retriever,
approximately 9 months of age.
Sit!
Tory!
[woof! woof!]
We use the dog's name to send the dog on the birds
as an individual command.
If you're hunting with many of your buddies
and they all have dogs, if you share a common command,
say, Fetch!
all 3 dogs could go.
If we have 1 dog's name and we can send 1 dog,
the other 2 know not to go and instead stay.
We ask them to deliver to hand for conservation of game.
If the dog had made the retrieve
and was bringing back a wounded bird to us,
and they dropped it at our feet,
the chances of that bird possibly getting away is great
so we ask the dog to deliver from their mouth to our hand
so if the bird is wounded, we can retrieve the bird
and it won't go flying off somewhere.
DOGS USED FOR HUNTING UPLAND GAME
INCLUDE THE POINTERS,
THE SPANIELS AND THE SETTERS.
THESE DOGS FIND GAME FOR THE HUNTER
AND THEN RETRIEVE ANY SHOT BIRDS.
Good shot!
Thank you!
Come on!
[whistle]
OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS,
HARLAN WINTER HAS TRAINED OVER 2000 HUNTING DOGS.
Xena is a German Shorthaired Pointer
and Xena is one of the best I've ever worked with.
She has a great personality
And unbelievable nose, she can pick up birds from 40-50 feet out.
HARLAN HAS TRAINED XENA
TO CAREFULLY FOLLOW BIRDS IF THEY MOVE.
THIS IS CALLED "ROADING."
Now if the bird keeps walking away from her,
she's permitted to "road" it, that isn't creeping.
If she moves in on a bird or covey that isn't moving,
that's considered creeping.
But when a bird's moving, a dog can walk up
and try to pin it down
so "roading dogs" are smart dogs.
...I don't know how she's going to get around this...
she's going to have to back her head out.
Let's see if I can get the bird to walk a little farther.
I'd like for her to road a little because she can do it real well.
Here we go.
See how careful she is. She's trying to hold the bird.
She doesn't want to flush it.
Notice I'm not hollering whoa at her or anything
She knows exactly what to do.
There! The bird stopped, she stopped.
So now she isn't creeping. She isn't roading
because the bird isn't moving.
She's doing exactly what she supposed to do.
HARLAN HAS TRAINED JUST ABOUT EVERY KIND OF BIRD DOG THERE IS
BUT EACH DOG PRESENTS ITS OWN UNIQUE CHALLENGE.
This is Junior,
an American Pointer, he's about 2 years old
I've been working him for 2 months now.
Alright, come around Junior!
[whistle]
That a boy! That's better.
This is Megan, she's an English Setter.
Actually she's a Llewellyn.
This is Punch. He's an orange and white Brittany.
This is Eva, she's a Weimaraner,
another German breed.
But for 2 years she's been used for nothing but retrieving doves
and so now her owner wants her to point quail.
Hunt'em up Biggs, that's a boy.
SOME TRAINERS BECOME SMITTEN WITH A CERTAIN TYPE OF DOG.
THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO BUCK GRABOWSKI.
HE SPECIALIZES IN SPANIELS.
They're the best overall dog, I think.
And everybody that has a breed like that says that.
First of all you wouldn't find very much game without them.
These wily old cock birds will just run circles around you.
And once you do put a bird down
you want somebody that's gonna retrieve that game.
We hate to leave wounded game out in the field
and with these Cockers, they have some of the greatest noses
of most dogs and they will make all the retrieves to hand for you.
BUCK TRAINS SPRINGER SPANIELS AND COCKER SPANIELS.
These are the kind of dogs most people --
it's all they'll need in Texas.
There's no big frozen water around.
You can hunt anything in the cold weather.
We've had some skim ice here and our Cockers will break
the skim ice and retrieve the ducks for us.
They'll hunt the hot weather.
They're just a very versatile dog.
RETRIEVING ALL SHOT GAME IS THE GOAL OF EVERY HUNT
AND WHAT A GOOD BIRD DOG LIVES FOR.
These dogs will do just about anything.
We saw them flushing and retrieving birds.
Now we've got a bird shot about 150 yards out
and we're going to try to do a blind retrieve
and see if this dog can pick it up
and bring it and save it for the table.
That was pretty nice retrieve. He had to go out 150 yards or so.
We had a little handling but he made the retrieve.
We saved the bird. [Good boy!]
THE BEST PLACE TO EXPERIENCE THE MERITS OF A HUNTING DOG
IS IN THE FIELD, HUNTING GAME.
THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.
To me it's like sitting back and watching a painting being made.
I'm sitting back watching my dog out there
and that's the brush strokes.
She's out there making a good retrieve [shot]
and it's like art in motion and it's beautiful.
It's a beautiful, neat thing to watch.
Going hunting with a good dog is like
going dancing with the most attractive beautiful dancer
in the world. It truly is.
Once you've had that good dog that does everything for you,
whether it points or flushes or retrieves,
[shot]
there is no fun in hunting anymore, for birds, without a dog.
There is no fun at all.
Hunting isn't hunting without dogs to me anymore.
You just have to have a good friend with you.