Dogs and de­coys

Air Gunner - - Your Letters -

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

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