Finer Points | Training
A blog regarding one man's lifelong interest in dogs, and the birds at which they point...
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You Can Take the Dog Out of the Field…

"He doesn't have any interest in birds." So said the foster owner of our soon-to-be English Setter rescue, when asked if the dog had hunted. I didn't mind the response. We were looking for a dog to replace our beloved Labrador mix, which was my wife's devoted...

Autumn in April

The unrelenting heat of summer leaves me nostalgic for the autumn-like days of Spring, when the woods of northern Michigan promise the return of migrating woodcock. I joined dog trainer Justin McGrail on just such an April day, when the chill of winter was just...

Autumn Olives and Dogwood Berries

A dog is only as good as the habitat in which he hunts." Justin McGrail, West Michigan Professional Hunting Dog Trainer The day began as a crisp and dewy precursor to the eminent transition from summer to fall. We struggled through the thick undergrowth, dew rolling off...

Twenty Days at Bird Camp

After twenty long days (well, for us anyway) our 16-month-old Weimaraner Stuka officially graduated from "Bird Camp" today and our pack is reunited. The additional week of training was beneficial and we noticed a marked evolution in his hunting skills. After the experience, one conclusion...

Bird Camp Update

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. John Wooden With a welcome respite from the hot, humid weather, I paid a visit Justin at Pine Hill Kennel & Sportsman’s Club to visit my Weim Stuka and evaluate the...

Bird Camp (Weimaraner Edition)

In May 2009 Elsa went off to Bird Camp at Pine Hill Kennel & Sportsman’s Club for four weeks. Today, I dropped off Stuka for the same program. This time we are trying two weeks in the spring and two weeks in the late...

Spring Training

It was Stuka's turn today to get out for a run in the woods, and perform some ground work. We started with a short walk in the woods to help expend some energy. The temperatures were a bit warmer than yesterday, however it was more...

Training Reprise

After finally getting a few home projects out of the way, we are getting back on-track with training. Both Elsa and Stuka went up to Pine Hill Kennel & Sportsman’s Club for a refresher, but also to figure out our training agenda for the balance...

Training Day at Pine Hill

This morning we took both Elsa and Stuka to Pine Hill Kennel & Sportsman’s Club today for some bird work at their training field in Rockford, Michigan. Working with our trainer Justin, we started by planting a number of grouse and worked on Stuka's pointing. Out...