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2011 Pups

Time to post images of a few pups from last year’s litters.  If anyone has more they would like to see posted, send away!

Luchi (left) is from the Paint x River litter, Bracken is out of Pepper x Heath.  Not sure who was responsible for what here, but this is their first woodcock.

Jesse (left) is out of Pepper x Heath, Henry is out of Paint x River.

Sophie is from the Pepper x Heath litter.

Watson is out of Paint x River.  The bird in the first video is the first one he ever saw.  Not bad for 3 1/2 months.

Claire is Rick Jocke’s pup out of Camas x River.  Here she is, from settling in at her new home, to early points as a growing young pup.

Briar is also from Camas x River.

Tucker is out of Spice x River.  The adventures of his brother Gentry can be seen at  Search for “Gentry” to find the posts that feature him.

This is Otis, out of Paint x River.  The first picture is right after he arrived in MA.  In the last photo Otis is with his owner Tom and his very first grouse.

All for now.

Last Day of the Season

The last day of our chukar hunt turned out to be miserably cold and windy, so we made getting photos of the young dogs our only goal for the day.  After it warmed up a little we went to a somewhat sheltered area to take the pictures.  The dogs weren’t particularly interested in posing (they thought we should go hunting instead), but we did manage to get a few shots that show what they look like.

First, the three from the Llewellin cross.




Suzie (Sky x Heath):

This second photo of Suzie is from a different day, right after a hunt.  It looks like she is pointing, but she isn’t.

When we were done with the photos (or too cold to take any more) we couldn’t resist taking one last hunt on a nearby hillside that we knew had a covey of chukars living on it.

On the way up the hill.  River is the dog who got to go:

Time for a little doggie sports drink:

We had been hoping to get a good video of a point, and everything fell together to get that done on this last hunt.  River is untrained except for basic control, and his performance here is typical of what our dogs will do naturally, without training to be staunch on point.  He lets Lisa walk by, but when the birds don’t go out right away he wants to move in with the gun.  You will see everything better if you view this full screen.

Sunset over our camp.  The last until fall:

Spice x River Pups 8-3-11 + Mystery Solved!

Cliff got these clips of the boys playing just before dark a couple nights ago.

The mystery of the stains has been solved.  The vet who removed the dew claws uses silver nitrate sticks to stop bleeding.  One of the pups bled a little on the way home (didn’t exactly work perfectly :-)).  The little bit of blood mixed with silver nitrate turned purple when we tried to remove it with peroxide, and made permanent stains.  They are brown now, and starting to wear off.  Hopefully won’t be too long before they are gone.

Everyone is doing well.

Spice x River Pups 7/7/11

These clips of Spice’s pups were taken this evening.  The boys are much more active now and are just getting good at playing.  There is one orange belton (sleepyhead in the video), and it looks like the rest are blue.  The purple stains are still there, but looking a bit more brown now- one of these days we’re going to have to ask the vet what he used.

Spice x River Pups- 9 Days Old

Here are some clips of Spice’s pups taken a couple nights ago.  Spice still has a ton of milk and all are staying fat.  In case anyone wonders what the purple spots on a couple of the pups are- we don’t know.  It’s something the vet got on them when he took their dew claws off that stained their hair.

Spice isn’t sure what to make of the camera yet, but she’s a great mom.

Puppy Lessons

We often receive questions about how we start our puppies.  The most important lessons a puppy needs are basic obedience- Come, No, etc.  We also like to add “No Chewing” to our list of basic commands.  Working on these commands as a part of everyday life teaches a puppy how to learn and that you are in charge.  Two commands for the field are also important to start on at an early age- Whoa, and Fetch.


The method we use for early introduction to Whoa comes from George Bird Evans’ book “Troubles With Bird Dogs”.   It consists of throwing a treat out in front of the pup and teaching it to Whoa before he/she is allowed to go after it.  We like this method because the puppy learns that Whoa means to wait before going after something desirable.  Later Whoa will be used in the same way, only on birds.  Don’t overdo it, three to five times in each lesson is plenty.

Restrain the pup by pushing it back every time it lunges, not by holding on to it with steady pressure.  Give your release command as soon as your pup gives in and stops.  We use OK and two taps on the head for the release.  During these first lessons you are only trying to get your pup to stop.  Eventually the pup will Whoa without being restrained and you can gradually increase the length of time your pup stands on Whoa before being released.  Later you can graduate to walking away, etc.  Try to include at least one correction during each lesson.  For example wait long enough so your pup breaks and requires restraint.  This reinforces that you are in control and that pup has to wait for you to release him/her.  We also like to end on a positive note, one on which the pup does what is asked without being corrected.  We continue this lesson until the pups are old enough to handle more serious yard training.

Here are videos of two pups getting their first Whoa lessons.  Both are typical reactions to the first lesson.


Other than basic obedience, early play retrieving is probably the most important lesson for young pups.  It’s important to bring out their retrieving instincts early.  Then if you have trouble with retrieving later you have something to fall back on that they’re familiar with.  Use a dummy that is only for retrieving, not a toy or something the pup has access to otherwise.  We start with a rolled up sock and change to a work glove after a few lessons.  Again, don’t overdo it – three to five retrieves per session, and make it a fun game.  Some pups will come right to you but most try to run by at first.  Use a hallway or similar area and position yourself so there’s room to get past you, but you can still catch your pup when he/she tries to run by.  Here are the same two pups’ first play retrieving lessons.

Occasionally you run into a situation where things don’t go as planned.  Stay positive and keep it fun.  In the following video the pup is hesitant to pick up the sock.  After being teased with it for a short time she decides it’s OK and runs off with it.  Teasing them in this way works very well.  Hold the dummy out to them and pull it away when they reach for it.  That makes them want it even more.  This also works very well with birds.  Pups are often hesitant to pick up a dead bird at first so we tease them until they are really trying to get it, then throw it and command Fetch, the same as with the sock in the video.

These simple lessons will lay the foundation for later training.