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First Point

At around 13 weeks of age (mid-May), it was time for Stuka’s first wing-on-a-string experience. Use the fishing pole method, it was initially a “chase the wing” session, but after a few minutes he settled down and threw a few nice points. ...

Bird Camp

With Elsa having a solid finish on her rookie season, my trainer Justin at Pine Hill Kennel & Sportsman’s Club and I decided to finish off her training with some extended bird work. The plan was to leave Elsa at the kennel and work her...

Stuka

We took delivery on our new Weimaraner puppy when he was 8-1/2 weeks old on April 17. The breeder did a wonderful job of providing a 3-ring binder with all his details, including AKC paperwork, contact information, chip registration, training tips, vet visit schedule, and...

New Family Member

With the success and fun we’ve been having with Elsa, our German Shorthaired Pointer, I began dropping not too subtle hints to my wife that Elsa needed an equally energetic companion. I was not all too surprised that she wholeheartedly agreed. I knew that I...

Turning The Corner

Elsa’s hunting days were few and far between during the winter months of 2008 and 2009 due to weather and field conditions. However, we did manage to run around the wildlife preserve behind our place just about every other weekend… and never saw a single...

First Bird

I took Elsa out for a couple of hunts in the fall of 2008 whereas she worked along with another more seasoned dog. In both cases it was a 6 year old female GSP named Cedar. Elsa’s results were modest at best. As a result,...

Summer/Autumn Training

Elsa’s formal training started in June 2008 with assistance from Pine Hill Kennel & Sportsman’s Club. Elsa and I would visit their training facility every few weeks during the early morning hours on Saturdays, and worked at home in between typically around dusk. The training caught...

eCollar

Since I initially approached Pine Hill Kennels regarding Elsa’s training around October 2007, we opted to wait until Spring of 2008 to get formal training underway. As Elsa became more independently minded in the field, and the training exercises become more complicated it was time...

First Point

When Elsa was around 12 weeks old I purchased a couple of grouse wings at the local Gander Mountain. After tying one to a fishing pole we tried to see if we could get Elsa to show us a few points. At first, it was...

How Fast They Grow

Here's a few images of Elsa during her first 6 months. 7 weeks: 10 weeks: 17 weeks (celebrating Halloween in her own unique way): 23 weeks: ...