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Just back from Missouri where we spent 5 days on bird work. Bende to start working on senior hunt skills, Miksa on junior, and mom to understand it all:). Probably the best vacation i have had in many years. Every day different weather, different scenting conditions and our trainer made it so much fun for the boys, they just worked as if it was a game for them. Miksa as expected shows good nose, long points, no fear of the gun. He needs to build more muscles / stamina (11 months still growing boy, using every calories he gets), but he has time for that till hunt test season starts here. We put the ecollar on Bende for some whoa training on day 1 but he very quickly demonstrated that he actually does not need it at this phase, as he gets it without extra pressure too. Yeah, so as of day 2 no more ecollar for him either. Had Bende being shot over live bird the first time ever, and he liked it, even retrieved it. Had both boys retrieving shot bird, fun fun fun, they did not want to stop. Mom has still a lot to learn and practice, but i feel that i got great advices and plenty of different ways to approach it if i get stuck. Worked some other dogs as well, to see different situations, plus these 2 cannot work the whole day, it is a lot for them mentally. While i wish we had a similar trainer down in Texas, worth the long trip for sure:).
 

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That's awesome.
Nothing like seeing a birddog, being a birddog.
 
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Decided to answer to original post, as we have just spent another 5 fabulous days in fall to winter Missouri to continue training. Everyone had a great time again and showed lots of improvement.
Bende`s points are getting longer and further and further from the bird, not wanting to grab or catch anymore. More and more standing still when the bird is released.
Miksa at 16 month old goofy stage, works very well with bracemate, especially on bigger fields, slows down when alone on a small field. He managed to spring up and grab a flying pigeon day 1 and was holding it, happily walking around with it for a while. Once he gave me the bird, we figured that it was alive and no bone broke. Yeah, soft mouth, as expected. He also turned out to be a natural backer. Not needed at junior level, but will come handy later on.
They are staying up there for 2 more weeks of training vacation. Missing them and hoping they don`t do the same. The 2 being there together makes me feel better, especially for Miksa to settle quickly.
 

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It's always tough to leave them, even when you know they are in good hands.
I bet they are having a blast working birds.


I've been dove hunting Shine.
I know some of its been counterproductive to her pointer training. Going to have to put in a lot more work on whoa. But she's been having fun in the field, so we have been doing it.
 
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