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[goose call] Sit. Good. Mark. boo-ray! [splash]
Jazz! [splash] [whistle] Come around Sadie.
Sadie, come around. This is Sadie, she’s a Red Setter, developed from the Irish Setters. This is Xena, she’s a German
Shorthaired Pointer, unbelievable nose. This is a Springer Spaniel.
[splash] ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT
DECISIONS A BIRD HUNTER MAKES IS WHAT KIND OF
DOG TO GET. He’s a pointer, an American Pointer. THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB
CALLS THEM THE SPORTING GROUP AND RECOGNIZES 26 DIFFERENT BREEDS. EACH BREED HAS DIFFERENT
ATTRIBUTES BUT ALL CRAVE 2 THINGS:
TO FIND BIRDS AND PLEASE THEIR MASTERS. [music] [dog panting] SPORTING DOGS ARE DIVIDED
INTO 2 GENERAL TYPES, THOSE USED ON UPLAND GAME
LIKE QUAIL AND PHEASANT AND RETRIEVERS, USED TO
HUNT WATEFOWL LIKE DUCKS AND GEESE. There she is. RODY BEST TRAINS RETRIEVERS
AT TRIPLE CROWN DOG ACADEMY JUST OUTSIDE AUSTIN. Back! THIS IS A LABRADOR RETRIEVER. RODY TRAINS A LOT OF
LABRADOR RETRIEVERS. Labrador Retrievers are actually
the #1 AKC registered canine in America. They’re a very popular dog because
of their polite and gentle disposition. They make a great family companion and also make a great hunting companion. LABRADOR RETRIEVERS COME
IN 3 COLORS: BLACK, YELLOW, AND CHOCOLATE. Jazz! [splash] This is Tory. Tory is a black female Labrador retriever, approximately 9 months of age. Sit! Tory! [woof! woof!] We use the dog’s name to
send the dog on the birds as an individual command. If you’re hunting with
many of your buddies and they all have dogs, if you
share a common command, say, Fetch! all 3 dogs could go. If we have 1 dog’s name
and we can send 1 dog, the other 2 know not to
go and instead stay. We ask them to deliver to
hand for conservation of game. If the dog had made the retrieve and was bringing back
a wounded bird to us, and they dropped it at our feet, the chances of that bird possibly
getting away is great so we ask the dog to deliver
from their mouth to our hand so if the bird is wounded,
we can retrieve the bird and it won’t go flying off
somewhere. DOGS USED FOR HUNTING
UPLAND GAME INCLUDE THE POINTERS, THE SPANIELS AND THE SETTERS. THESE DOGS FIND GAME
FOR THE HUNTER AND THEN RETRIEVE
ANY SHOT BIRDS. Good shot! Thank you! Come on! [whistle] OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS, HARLAN WINTER HAS
TRAINED OVER 2000 HUNTING DOGS. Xena is a German Shorthaired Pointer and Xena is one of the
best I’ve ever worked with. She has a great personality And unbelievable nose, she can
pick up birds from 40-50 feet out. HARLAN HAS TRAINED XENA TO CAREFULLY FOLLOW BIRDS
IF THEY MOVE. THIS IS CALLED “ROADING.” Now if the bird keeps
walking away from her, she’s permitted to “road” it,
that isn’t creeping. If she moves in on a bird or covey
that isn’t moving, that’s considered creeping. But when a bird’s moving,
a dog can walk up and try to pin it down so “roading dogs” are smart dogs. …I don’t know how she’s
going to get around this… she’s going to have to
back her head out. Let’s see if I can get the bird
to walk a little farther. I’d like for her to road a little
because she can do it real well. Here we go. See how careful she is. She’s trying
to hold the bird. She doesn’t want to flush it. Notice I’m not hollering
whoa at her or anything She knows exactly what to do. There! The bird stopped, she stopped. So now she isn’t creeping.
She isn’t roading because the bird isn’t moving. She’s doing exactly what
she supposed to do. HARLAN HAS TRAINED JUST ABOUT
EVERY KIND OF BIRD DOG THERE IS BUT EACH DOG PRESENTS ITS
OWN UNIQUE CHALLENGE. This is Junior, an American Pointer,
he’s about 2 years old I’ve been working him
for 2 months now. Alright, come around Junior! [whistle] That a boy!
That’s better. This is Megan, she’s
an English Setter. Actually she’s a Llewellyn. This is Punch. He’s an orange
and white Brittany. This is Eva, she’s a Weimaraner, another German breed. But for 2 years she’s been used
for nothing but retrieving doves and so now her owner
wants her to point quail. Hunt’em up Biggs, that’s a boy. SOME TRAINERS BECOME SMITTEN
WITH A CERTAIN TYPE OF DOG. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO
BUCK GRABOWSKI. HE SPECIALIZES IN SPANIELS. They’re the best overall dog, I think. And everybody that has a
breed like that says that. First of all you wouldn’t find
very much game without them. These wily old cock birds will
just run circles around you. And once you do put a bird down you want somebody that’s
gonna retrieve that game. We hate to leave wounded
game out in the field and with these Cockers, they
have some of the greatest noses of most dogs and they will
make all the retrieves to hand for you. BUCK TRAINS SPRINGER SPANIELS
AND COCKER SPANIELS. These are the kind of dogs most people — it’s all they’ll need in Texas. There’s no big frozen water around. You can hunt anything in the cold weather. We’ve had some skim ice here
and our Cockers will break the skim ice and
retrieve the ducks for us. They’ll hunt the hot weather. They’re just a very versatile dog. RETRIEVING ALL SHOT GAME
IS THE GOAL OF EVERY HUNT AND WHAT A GOOD BIRD
DOG LIVES FOR. These dogs will do just about anything. We saw them flushing and
retrieving birds. Now we’ve got a bird shot
about 150 yards out and we’re going to try
to do a blind retrieve and see if this dog can pick it up and bring it and save it for the table. That was pretty nice retrieve.
He had to go out 150 yards or so. We had a little handling
but he made the retrieve. We saved the bird.
[Good boy!] THE BEST PLACE TO EXPERIENCE
THE MERITS OF A HUNTING DOG IS IN THE FIELD,
HUNTING GAME. THAT’S WHAT IT’S
ALL ABOUT. To me it’s like sitting back and
watching a painting being made. I’m sitting back watching
my dog out there and that’s the brush strokes. She’s out there making a
good retrieve [shot] and it’s like art in motion
and it’s beautiful. It’s a beautiful, neat
thing to watch. Going hunting with
a good dog is like going dancing with the most
attractive beautiful dancer in the world.
It truly is. Once you’ve had that good dog
that does everything for you, whether it points or flushes
or retrieves, [shot] there is no fun in hunting anymore,
for birds, without a dog. There is no fun at all. Hunting isn’t hunting without
dogs to me anymore. You just have to have
a good friend with you.

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