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Dave C

First Water Retrieve

Got a new farm to add to my permission and it holds a nice Lake / pond with a large number of Geese which the farmer wants gone ASAP, most are Greylag which will have to waite until September, but until then its picking off a few Canadas that will be keeping the farmer happy.
So i have been doing some water training with fern over the last few weeks but she has never retrieved warm game from the water and i di think what she would make of a big Canada.
So after checking it out with the BASC me and my mate Pointer had a look down with the dog for a look about.

Pics are not the best sorry
Fern ready to go in the hide


Retrieveing the smaller canada with the larger bird in the background


What a time for the batteries to go, you can just make out the little dog with a big bird


What are they all looking at


Well she did realy well and with everything she dose she retrieved the birds keenly, so another notch on the side of her kennel.

ATB
Dave.
Butterbean

Thanks for sharing.  Its a wonderful feeling when you witness your dog "getting it".
bodger

Ditto that last comment.
milton

Will you eat those?

There are a lot of differing views about Canada Goose - some say it's fine, some say it'll be tough as Leather no matter how many hours you cook it for.

I prefer to casserole wild Geese, just a long slow cook with some veg and seasoning, the meat is normally very tasty and tender, with a texture almost like Steak.
Dave C

Yeh i will be eating it


And i will let you know tomorrow what it tastes like or if its to tough i will let you know what the dogs thought of it

ATB
Dave.
Woodsmoke

Great result with the retrieve!  

I haven't had Purdey in water yet (apart from the beach ) She's just over a year old & shaping up really well though. How old is your Fern? Smashing-looking lass, so she is
Dave C

Thanks alot for the replys.
The Goose wasnt bad at all, a little tough but not as bad as i thought.
The taste was very much like Stewing steak with a hint of kidney.

Fern is 1year 5 month now so still has a long way to go, i hunted her lightly back end of last season and she took it all in her stride and now i have added this small lake to my permission the plan is to take ducks and geese regular with her, so this is a good start

ATB
Dave.
Woodsmoke

Dave C wrote:
Fern is 1year 5 month now so still has a long way to go


Purdey's just coming up for a year old now, so it sounds as though we're pretty much at similar stages with them  

She's been out with me a few times at the pigeon, & hasn't batted an eyelid! She's actually starting to look for birds when I raise the gun now, which is a cracking result! (and on the few occasions when something falls out of it, she's generally more on the ball than I am  )

Her dummy work is coming on really well. She's on three now, & responds well to the whistle. She still gets distracted quite easily though so I keep training sessions pretty short. 15 minutes or so, & we call it a day & let her enjoy herself.

Sounds as though Fern's going to get plenty of practice!  
Dave C

I am pleased Purdey is coming on well for you mate.
I do alot of rough shooting on rabbits and pigeon and crow shooting so Fern has to be versatile, she hunts up very well for a lab and i even use her when out bushing with the Lurcher and Terriers, i know i shouldnt but she hits cover so well and she seems to know the difference as she will chase when bushing with other dogs but is quite steady when out with the gun, rightly or wrongly it gets her out hunting and makes her mad keen in cover.

ATB
Dave.
Spaniels

Great to see Fern coming on soo well  
Woodsmoke

Dave C wrote:
I am pleased Purdey is coming on well for you mate.
I do alot of rough shooting on rabbits and pigeon and crow shooting so Fern has to be versatile, she hunts up very well for a lab and i even use her when out bushing with the Lurcher and Terriers, i know i shouldnt but she hits cover so well and she seems to know the difference as she will chase when bushing with other dogs but is quite steady when out with the gun, rightly or wrongly it gets her out hunting and makes her mad keen in cover.

ATB
Dave.


Thanks mate  

One thing she won't do is take on cover I've had her on blind retrieves a few times & she seems to lose interest pretty quick. Probably more my fault than hers though I need to get her onto scent pretty much from now onwards, or I'll end up with a peg dog instead of the versatile retriever I want. Mind you, even though she's a pedigree with FTCHs in her line I don't actually have her lineage (she was given to me as the result of a divorce...........'She' had the dog, 'He' had the papers...........), so she might well come from a line of pure retrievers.

Having said that, she'll mark buries for me when I've had her out with the ferrets, & she can smell a biscuit from a thousand yards, so I reckon she's trying to pull the wool over my eyes!

She's still very young though, & I reckon we have plenty of time to sort ourselves out. They're a damn smart breed, & a good one is absolutely worth her weight in gold  
Dave C

I cut out most of Ferns dummy work when she was 8 months, only useing Rabbits and pheasants for blind retrieves, so she got used to hunting, then at about 10 months stoped all retrieves, so she now knows if she wants to retreive something she has to hunt it out first, this has made her a mad keen hunter, flying through both brambles and Gorse.
She is still spot on when i shoot something as i dont think she will loose any of her retreiveing skills that i drummed into her while a pup and labs tend to excellent at the retreiveing part anyway.

Dave.
onejohndog

Hello, new on here, i have a two year old lab and he is ok at picking up pheasant but some time out on the shoot he will not come back which is annoying and also he will not pick up duck ,can anyone point me inthe direction of adecent book on traing or is he too old .he is my first lab.
Woodsmoke

Hi Onejohndog  

I've got a PDF of training broadsheets if you'd like a look? It's not at all fully-comprehensive, but should give you a good start. I'll e-mail it to you later  

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