Gracie runs in her second puppy trial ever and she gets 2nd place at the Iowa Sporting Spaniel Club in Monroe, Iowa. Her owners were not there to watch but we made sure to wait to have this photo moment with the 2nd place puppy ribbon. Gracie is really coming along in her training with Todd. We look forward to working with Gracie again this Fall so we can get her ready to run with the big dogs. Congratulations!
Dixie has finally cooperated and has been bred to Dudley. Puppies will be due during the first week of June and ready to go home around August 1st. Dudley has produced some very nice puppies, having eight litters on the ground, two other bitches bred and now Dixie.
Dudley was the 2017 US National Open High Point Dog, received a Certificate of Merit at the 2018 National Open Championship and is a very consistent field trial competitor. More importantly, he has been extensively hunted on wild game including grouse, woodcock, pheasant, quail, doves and ducks. He routinely works Continental/Tower shoots and is a perfect and quiet gentleman on the shoots. His demeanor is what we are looking for! His eyes are Clear and hips are OFA Excellent. To see Dudley, click here.
Dixie is Christina’s personal gun dog, lives in the house and sleeps in the bed. She is an athletic dog that is completely settled in the house. If she were fully trained (Christina does not want her fully trained), she would be running trials. At this point, she hunts every fall with Christina, keeps the Guinea Fowl away from the kennel and socializes all the new puppies. Four of Dixie’s littermates are running trials with two of them attaining AFC status, one of them also having Open placements and all four of them having Amateur placements. Her eyes are Clear and hips are OFA Good. To see Dixie, click here.
Puppies will be reserved based on first deposit gets first choice, second deposit gets second choice and so forth. The cost of the puppy is $1,500. and it requires a 50% deposit. Standard health check, eye check, docked tails, dew claw removal and health contract will be included.
Contact us with questions. Serious inquiries only.
We will conduct a three-day training seminar at our home in Mitchell, GA on May 17-19, 2019. Dogs and participants will be limited so contact us to reserve your slot…it is likely that they will fill quickly. We will be covering our entire program from an 8-week old puppy to a finished gun dog with all the exposure, shaping, obedience training and field training that is required. This is for gun dogs, hunt test participants and those with field trial aspirations. You can train your own dog, you probably just need some guidance on how to get the job done.
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We received this interesting email regarding our recent Podcast and obtained permission to share it. It goes to show that we are all dealing with some similar issues we need to pay attention to in an effort to protect our spaniels. We have left the writer anonymous as a courtesy.
Dear Mr Agnew
I hope you don’t mind me contacting you. I listened to your comments on the Hunting Dog podcast and agree with much of what you said. I am one of a rare and increasingly small group of people in the UK who actually rough shoot over our dogs, expecting them to hunt hard all day irrespective of scent but equally don’t expect the almost frantic hunting style exhibited in some UK trial dogs which seems to be promoted by some (fortunately not all) of our trial judges, running very hard and fast but covering a beat of about 10 yards maximum. I have nothing against the J Regs (The Kennel Club Trial Rules) as if read these specify exactly what I want in a shooting dog but it is the interpretation by some of exactly what hunting and style means, to me it is a dog actively seeking game not necessarily running at breakneck speed for 10 minutes over a narrow strip that won’t find you much game if hunting wild birds.
I heard recently of some younger trial competitors actually laughing at one old school trial handler (who I knew personally and always loved a hard hunting dog and had won the championship at least once) who let his dog hunt in a trial rather than having it running around his feet as they thought it was out of control !!
I believe we are reaching a point where a dog’s ability to find game with their nose may be ousted by a desire not to miss game with their feet due to the practice of rearing large numbers of pheasants and the different way they behave to wild game. A number of our dogs appear in trials not to give any indication of knowing the game was present for which they are credited as flushing and so the emphasis is going away from game finding and into short term pace and an ability to handle well on retrieves, you don’t get credited for a dog positively indicating it knew the game was there but will be put out for missing it. There is a belief by some who trial that if a dog is good enough it will be trialled rather than spend its life hunting quietly for its owner and anyone who argues otherwise is merely not good enough to do what they do. As you said the best dog in the country probably never ran in a trial. That does not mean that there are not some very good dogs running in trials or that many of those could be good hunting dogs if allowed to hunt but ultimately good hunting may no longer being selected for in the breeding by some people, merely a furious and frenetic running style which I believe can lead to temperament issues with some pups not merely being not good enough to run in trials but not even able to be the lowest grade of gundog.
Many thanks for the podcast I found it very interesting and we have nothing comparable over here as hunting anything is very contentious, as is gun ownership and eating something you have shot yourself is at best mildly eccentric or at worst the behavior of a potential serial killer!!
Thanks for reading this.
DJ wins the Open at the VESSC HOF Trial. This is DJs 2nd win and he is now a FC. So proud of this Dudley pup. Congratulations to Rich and Sarah! Sarah you will soon have your couch dog back.
Dibbs and Scott win the Amateur at the VESSC HOF Trial. This is Dibbs 3rd win with Scott as the handler. Great team work and many hours of coaching with Todd. Very proud of you both. Thank you Jennifer for putting up with The Craney Hill ways. Meaning Todd!
Kate places 2nd at the Maine trial. This was Kate’s first open stake field trial, we call it her big girl trial. She and Todd did a fantastic job during the whole trial. We are very excited for Kate and her family and we are looking forward to continue working with Kate. She is a lovely girl. Thank you Bob for trusting us with your girl.
I found this perfect spot in NY for her photo, she just got done swimming so she had a short time to dry off.
Congratulations to Patrick and Griffin on two 3rd place ribbons at the Iowa Sporting Spaniel Club held on Saturday April 27th & 28th. This was Griffins first Puppy Stake and Patrick said Griffin is showing flashes of great things to come. Keep up the great work Pat!
Griffin is out of our National High Point dog Craney Hill Dalmore Dudley and Drakehill’s Anna. Dudley has now sired 6 litters and we are looking forward to the continued success of his puppies!