Dogs and decoys
I enjoyed your article about pigeon decoying in last month’s mag and I have a question for you. Your dog was sitting in the back of the car with all the shot pigeons, but how do you stop him eating them as you drive home? My terrier would have shredded the lot in the first mile. Ed
Hello Ed My three came from a specialist breeder of gun dogs and, to be fair, Georgie on the right has always been well behaved. I guess that comes down to generations of her ancestors being selectively bred for their qualities to work in the shooting field. She has a powerful ‘prey drive’ to find shot quarry, but was easily trained to deliver birds to hand. Once she’s given them to me, she shows no interest in them again. How much that’s down to training and how much is her instinct, I simply don’t know. Ed.
Well- trained gun dogs know how to leave retreived birds alone