It looks like Gracie and Bandit enjoyed a day in the Dove field hunting with their owners. We enjoy getting updates and photos from our clients after the dogs go home from training with us.
Bonnie, Dixie & Ferg had some pigeon fun this morning in the field.
Well, it is that time of the year again when we start our conditioning program with all of the field trial dogs. Todd is up in the early morning hooking up all of the working spaniels. We only road/exercise the older dogs that are over 2 with the ATV. Here is a short video of the dogs working out.
So all of you dog owners this is a big hint hint to get your dogs in shape now before the hunting season and field trials start!
You can see an article that Todd wrote about conditioning here. Please take the time to read this.
A happy day for Bandit and his owner's. Bandit was finishing up summer camp and going back home. We had a really fun morning with Amber and Bill as they had to learn many new training steps in order for Bandit to come home and be successful. Enjoy your dog!
Yesterday was a very exciting day for Bear the cocker. He was going home! Russ and Amanda arrived yesterday morning in a GA down pour which put off seeing Bear first thing. The rain finally Stopped! Now Russ and Amanda had to go to work with Bear. They all did a great job and even had some fun. Russ and Amanda were sent home with many new lessons for Bear. Good Luck and Have Fun with Bear!
Our new client Cheryl spent the weekend at Craney Hill Kennel for a consultation in dog training. Cheryl was put to work with our dogs in the field and in the training yard. Cheryl's english cocker spaniel Gunner has been here for training so she was dying to see him. Todd put Cheryl and Gunner to work and they both did a really nice job working together as you can see in the video. They both progressed in their training during the weekend and we are looking forward to more training sessions with Cheryl and her crazy cocker Gunner. Enjoy the video and you can see more photos of their weekend here.
Southwest Kansas 2009
As most of us are dealing with the heat and humidity this time of the year, I just thought that I would remind all of you of what is to come this fall/winter. Wild Pheasants, Grouse, Woodcock IA/KS/ME/MN/ND/SD/WIS, cold temps, wind, rain and snow!
Oh yes, and those wonderful Spaniels working those wild birds so they can flush them up into the sky for us so we can take aim and hopefully the birds come to the ground. Then that trained hard working Spaniel can retrieve to hand for you. Just a thought!
So get those dogs into shape and trained don't wait till the last minute!
The dogs had a great time swimming in the cool NY water. The weather was simply wonderful for all the dogs. Thank you Betsey for taking us to this special spot so the dogs could swim and run free. Enjoy the video! The photos that were in the video can be seen here.
Bear the English Cocker Spaniel had a visit from his Mom & Dad the other day. Russ and Amanda live just a few hours from our farm and decided to take a drive to see how their Bear was doing at camp.
Todd showed Russ and Amanda some of the things that Bear has been working on and soon put Russ to work on some of the drills with his dog. It's always fun to watch the owners work with their dogs, they are nervous but love every minute with their dog.
The most picturesque are the SD Public Lands pics. Kermit and I went out by ourselves. We put up some praire chickens but that is all we saw all day long. Vast beauty and desolate. Not a soul around but us. Great time.
We arrived this morning at the flat tops to start our hunting. We were at 10,000 feet most of the day.
Todd coming back with Dibbs, Rennie and Dudley. The boys are heeling so nice.
Todd coming back with DJ and Kate at heel.
This is what I was doing while Todd was working Kate and DJ.
Lunch time with the puppies! Where did you have lunch today? I bet our lunch was a lot more fun than yours.
Kermit having some fun with Todd during lunch.
The view from my chair at lunch time.
At the end of the day we came across a herd of sheep that were moving their way down the mountain. Following them were at least 3 working dogs that we could see. As I moved closer to the sheep to take photos the working dogs moved closer to me. They stayed near the sheep but had a eye on me and Todd the whole time. This was really awesome! A great way to end the day...
So that's what we did today.
Notes from Alan!
Kermit and I had a wonderful day of Sharp-tailed Grouse hunting today in ND. After 2 weekends of Field Trials and being on the road for nearly two weeks, this was a great reward for our hard work. It was a pleasure to see Kermit in his true element of hunting and not having to worry so much about the trial rules and regulations. We did very well and I did not even have my own gun. It was a side by side though, Todd and Christina!
It's that time of the year again!