Originally Posted by PheasantWhisperer
Actually I saw in a thread a while ago you said guys have to leave their dogs at home when they hunt with you. And I dont hunt without my dogs. My dogs not my robots
Plus your dogs would have to flush birds that are already being pointed. You probably wouldn't like that.
You know, I never insulted anyone or their dogs on this thread. And my dogs do point also. A dog can learn to hunt by going and getting into enough wild birds. But the process is much easier if you know how to train. By putting a puppy through a solid training program, you have given the dog every advantage it needs to succeed in the field. Pigeons can not replace wild birds but they sure help to enhance all of those hunting characteristics that was instilled in them at birth. Not to mention, obedience which makes for an enjoyable hunting companion. A dog that has already been taught to quarter has a great advantage versus a dog that is just turned loose in the field for the first time. Using planting pigeons and chukar in heaving cover teaches a dog where to find birds. Besides, a training program helps to develop the partnership between dog and owner. If you search the web for any of the top kennels in the country, everyone of them put their dogs through a thorough training program, whether it is a pointing breed or flushing breed.
Anytime people start slinging around insults about a person who takes the time to train dogs, it is generally because they lack the ability to put a dog through a solid training program or they lack the discipline to see it through.