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Meet Moonie
I’ve been doing a puppy class with her, and she gets to hang out at my house for a week. Going to miss her, when she goes back home.
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I had the honor to meet her and she is a gorgeous doll, super loving.
Thank you so much for coming out, and helping with her bird intro.
 
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It’s just that the owner lives a hour away. Easier for me to get her during the puppy class, and return her at the next puppy class.
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First bird she was not wanting to interact with in the field. It was a pigeon. So I put the pigeon up and brought out a quail. She was still unsure of the quail, so I pull out flight feathers and put it on the ground. It running brought out the drive in her. She chased, pounced, and even tried to pick it up. Just let her have fun, and figure out on her own she has power over the bird. Next quail put out for her had flight feathers. Not a real point, but a short pause before the pounce. She was having fun and loving it. It’s hot in Texas so we stopped there. That evening I brought out a pigeon in a harness. We to the other part of the yard than she was playing. I could put the bird on the ground, let it fly but not lose it. In no time she came running over and trying to catch it. I have a leash on the bird harness, so I can keep her from catching it. Next I put a pigeon to sleep. When she gets close to it. I can easily flush the bird. She gives chase, but can not catch it.
so out come is she went from being nervous of the birds. To being very bold with them. As long as she is unable to catch birds, she should start pointing them.
 

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Nice , similar to the early training that Ellie was exposed to. Pigeons , then flightless quail. She even brought the quail back to me. Now I just need to work on her being gun shy.

Very cool that you provide that service. Not everyone including me has access to birds. It’s my biggest challenge being a suburbian not able to have a quail setup.
 

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Nice , similar to the early training that Ellie was exposed to. Pigeons , then flightless quail. She even brought the quail back to me. Now I just need to work on her being gun shy.

Very cool that you provide that service. Not everyone including me has access to birds. It’s my biggest challenge being a suburbian not able to have a quail setup.
It’s just something I’m willing to do for good friends, and family. I don’t charge them for it. It’s fun playing with the puppies in the field. She would need a lot more birds, before ever considering intro to gunfire.
 

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It’s just something I’m willing to do for good friends, and family. I don’t charge them for it. It’s fun playing with the puppies in the field. She would need a lot more birds, before ever considering intro to gunfire.
Right , not to highjack but my problem is access to getting birds to train on my own.
 

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Right , not to highjack but my problem is access to getting birds to train on my own.
It’s a problem for a lot of people, more so in the last two years. Even with me buying birds from the same bird supplier over the last 13 years. When there is a shortage, we all feel it. It’s not easy for people that are just starting out.
 
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Love that hop/stride photo. A good girl! I’m sure the pigeons will also miss her!

edit: I’m curious why you weren’t using a harness with what looks like a long line? Perhaps no snag hazards where you were working her?
 

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I use check cords that don’t easily snag, and open fields. The one today, was long and heavier than most of my others. It was used to slow her down a little.
I don’t use harnesses, I don’t even own one. I use a half hitch if needed, but she to young for that. It’s just about making birds fun for them at this age. Waking up those birddog genes, and doing what comes naturally to them.
 
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