I have a 1 yo vizsla and she is doing great with bird training and retrieving. She finds and hold steady until shot and retrieves, pretty much what i want out of a bird dog. Ive also been working with her on blood trails which she found her first deer this season after I shot a buck and he ran 75-80 yds. She found him no problem after about 5 min. So far she as took to any training I've working with her on. A few weeks ago we started working on hand signals to retrieve, she doing good but I think she can improve and or the trainer (me) could be better.
She's a sponge when it comes to training right now, so my question is have any of you attempted to train a bird dog on shed antler training? Do you think its a good idea? Do you think it will affect her bird drive? Ive been watching and reading up on it and it looks like most guys use labs for this. But after watching some videos of the dog bone guy it looks similar to bird training as far as them searching and using their nose to find something. I think the hard part for my dog would be to retrieve something that she didn't she fall or thats not a bird. Just wanted to see what you thoughts were on this subject.