I took Oscar yesterday for the same thing, only he is 7 months old, he loved his day out. I was going to keep him on leash butin the end i just let him off, he followed a spaniel and really enjoyed himself. He started chasing a hare and came back when called, also turned on a whistle. I just tried to get him to quarter the field which he didquite well, i let the spaniels get on with it and just tried to concentrate on controlloing oscar. All in all he had a great morning and was whacked out all for the rest of the day. Do you think i maybe took him a bit early, whats the general opinion?