Ruff Dog Work

Modern Pioneer - - Grouse -

If you’ve got a flush­ing dog that likes to run out of sight, you’ve got a dog that won’t be very ben­e­fi­cial in the grouse woods. Train­ing them to hunt close is a lot of work, but well worth it. This type of train­ing in­volves con­stantly rein­ing the dog in, let­ting him know he should be close and check­ing in reg­u­larly.

While the root of this is go­ing to in­volve obe­di­ence work, the whole thing will come to­gether af­ter sev­eral hunts. I do this process alone, in­clud­ing the hunt­ing, un­til my dog un­der­stands that 25 yards is too far when we hunt the woods. This is also one of the rea­sons why I hunt wood­cock re­li­giously when they mi­grate through. They are tight-sit­ters, leave plenty of scent and al­low for as close to a grouse-hunt sit­u­a­tion as you’re go­ing to find in the wild. For pups, prac­tice makes per­fect, and it takes lots of it to mold a great grouse dog.

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