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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.

Flush­ing prey

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”

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