is big on fieldcraft and whereabouts the humans stood was important: no rabbit would bolt where human scent was strongest. Sometimes we could guide the bolt in the direction that takes the rabbit the longest distance to its next shelter just by standing where we don’t want them to go and letting our scent blow towards them.
The dogs required room to work and didn’t need us underfoot, nor did they benefit from us making a noise, so we kept still and quiet. They first identified by scent if cover held quarry and only then would the smaller ones go in either to catch in cover or flush prey out for the faster dogs to catch in the open. But it can also happen the “wrong” way round, with the faster dogs wedged in undergrowth while the coverbashers try their luck at sprinting.
Star’s spaniel half overrode her terrierness as she hurtled round and
“Willow was at heel, wearing that butter-wouldn’tmelt expression well known to lurcher owners”