Thought I'd share my experiences with my new Spinone Maggie. Some of you may have seen Last year in July 2014 I lost my Kody a 5 year old Spinone to sago poisoning. I was devastated as he and I were inseparable. In December 2014 I obtained from the same breeder a little female, Maggie. I'm an old fart and retired so I have the time to attempt a training initiative. Right from the start she appeared to be uncomfortable with loud noises like the slamming of the barbeque grill cover. Needless to say this caused me some anxiety however About 6 months and 100 balloons and 22 rounds later she was fine. Then came pointing, for 9 months with all our efforts to stage quail and pigeons She would not point. I'd work her on a lead and once she scented them she would try to jump on them. In November something clicked and she is now a pointing fanatic. She locks and holds like a statue for as long as it takes for me to get too her.
She was always a fantastic retriever on dummies however she refused to bring quail and dove back to me. She would pick them up taste feathers and drop them. I worked her by throwing dead birds and giving her a treat if she picked them up and brought them to me. Problem finally solved.
I often see folks like me ask questions here about similar problems so I thought it would be a help to see they are not unusual.
Not sure if I've done the right things as noted above However in December I had Maggie judged by NAVHDA In Natural Ability. She scored Maximum points in Pointing, Water, scenting, tracking and cooperation. I really miss Kody however Maggie has sure made the future a lot brighter for this Old Hunting Guy. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to my fellow outdoors men.
Edited by Flashprism (12/26/15 09:07 AM)