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#5550383 - 01/18/15 05:55 PM how do you handle your dog in the field
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After hunting public land recently and hearing the noise from other hunters handling their dogs, I wonder how you handle yours? I like to be as quite as I can and have a whistle but leave it at home. I heard some people really tooting that whistle and shouting commands a lot while hunting. Other than a recall and fetch command, I don't handle my dog much. What about you?
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#5550416 - 01/18/15 06:06 PM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: MS1454]
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You might have heard my whistle Saturday morning at the chaparral. I have an older dog that likes go out on her own quite a bit. I can bring her in with tone on her collar , but she has a hard time finding me sometimes. Really only have this issue when hunting on foot through the tall brush.

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#5550436 - 01/18/15 06:16 PM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: MS1454]
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I bump mine around with the collar. I don't carry a whistle.
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#5550445 - 01/18/15 06:20 PM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: MS1454]
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He turns on his name and arm signals. That's all the handling I do when I want to go a different direction.

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#5550456 - 01/18/15 06:24 PM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: bill oxner]
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I bump mine around with the collar. I don't carry a whistle.


How do you do it in field trails?
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#5550565 - 01/18/15 07:02 PM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: MS1454]
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#5551156 - 01/19/15 05:39 AM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: MS1454]
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I use the ecollar tone for recall and to turn. Sometimes i say whoa when shes on point even though i didnt "whoa" train. Fetch and lots of praise for a good point, followed by a retrieve.
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#5551213 - 01/19/15 07:14 AM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: MS1454]
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Originally Posted By: MS1454
Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I bump mine around with the collar. I don't carry a whistle.


How do you do it in field trails?


By the call of her name.
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#5551369 - 01/19/15 08:51 AM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: MS1454]
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I don't handle mine much on bigger properties.
Close to a property fence line, I will some to keep them from crossing over.

Running for customers on a canned hunt is different than when were hunting wild.
I have to keep the dog in closer, and keep them quartering tighter.
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#5551638 - 01/19/15 10:32 AM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: MS1454]
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I hunt woodcock in the woods. My GSP Jenny works close. 90% of the time I can see her. If she's out of my sight for more than a minute or so I listen for her movement in the leaves. Much longer I say "Come Jenny!" in a loud voice. The only time she doesn't come is if she's pointed-then I go to her.

Soothing "Good Girl..." or "Good Jenny.." walking up on a point. "Find the bird Jenny!" when a bird is down if she hasn't seen it down (which is often). Praise, pats, hugs, and a treat at the retrieve.

One would have to be real close to hear anything but the "Come Jenny!".

No e-collar, no whistle, no GPS, not even a bell on her collar.

I should probably at least put a bell on and/or GPS....


Edited by Nogalus Prairie (01/19/15 10:39 AM)
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#5551698 - 01/19/15 11:01 AM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: MS1454]
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I try to keep it as quiet as possible but if I have one that isn't responding, I holler out their name and "here!"
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#5552501 - 01/19/15 05:32 PM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: MS1454]
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When I had my Brit, she would double back with two blows on the wistle.......

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#5552841 - 01/19/15 08:22 PM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: MS1454]
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I had to "hack" on my older dog at the Chap hunt because of the shooting from the surrounding groups. She would want to head toward the gunfire. Just an issue with hunting public land in texas.

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#5552862 - 01/19/15 08:33 PM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: MS1454]
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I toot the whistle, then "bump" if they don't turn. I like to talk to my dogs, so quite often, I tell them to "get in front", or "come around".

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#5553131 - 01/19/15 11:00 PM Re: how do you handle your dog in the field [Re: MS1454]
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lots of different ideas.
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