Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Steady To Wing And Shot - The Next Step

Bailey is now nearly two years old.  He is no longer a "derby dog." 
  He did graduate near the top of his class in derby field trials. 

 Good boy and happy birthday!

Those who have followed Bailey's field trial adventures over the last year know he is very good. 

I have known since he scored 113 out of 113 in the Natural Ability Test (NAVHDA) in March of 2009 when he was eight months old that he was a special hunting dog. 

Now I have given myself two months to find "the trainer" to help take Bailey to the next step - Steady to wing and shot.

The trainer I choose will be my dog training mentor.

The next level of field trialing will be starting in 2011. 

I have never done this type of search before.  Kind of like the time we were looking a colleges with our daughters. 

A very important decision that will affect my next few years of field trialing. 

I'm having a good time.   Lots of research and questions. 

Here are some of the things I will be looking for in a trainer:

From a website:

This level in training your dog should be taught to be steady to both wing and shot. Most dogs are introduced to the "hup" command. Your dog when steady to wing and shot should handle in the field and be retrieving to your hand.

The steadying phase in training should be done with great care by DIY type dog trainers. Professional trainers are highly recommended because they can help the dog alleviate any bad habits at this stage. Professional trainers know how to read the dog and apply the exact method of steadying your dog. Steadying is not a clear cut process that all DIY type trainers are capable of. We highly recommend professional trainers assistance at this phase in training.

They can also be trained to honor another dog's point and stopping to wild flushes at this phase in training.We are the complete Hunting Dog and Field Trial Dog Training website.

Countless wild game birds are legally taken each year as a result of highly trained hunting and gun dogs. Hunting is pure pleasure when a well trained gun dog is used. Just try hunting upland game without a dog sometime.

Gun dogs should be trained in realistic settings that totally replicate the type of environment they will hunt in. on the same type of grounds that you will be hunting. Hunting dogs should be trained with live birds such as Quail, Chuckar and Pheasants to further replicate a true hunting environment. Parks and groves are sometimes used by default by some trainers. We recommend consulting with your trainer about what type of environment and conditions your dog will be trained under.

Training facilities are an important decision on how your dog will be treated and taken care of. Will your dog be kept in a heated and cooled indoor kennel, or will he be kept in a plastic crate out side? Will your dog have his own individual kennel with, his own individual kennel run, or will he have to share?

Exercise is important for hunting and gun dogs, this part of the training program must also be covered before enlisting any dog trainers' services. Many quality training facilities are equipped with misters to keep your dog cool and areas to exercise in that keep their acclimation to the outdoors in sync.

There are several different types of Hunting Dogs. All can be classified in the following, puppies, started dogs, and finished or broke dogs and Field Trial Dogs. Gun Dogs and be purchased anywhere along their training. When choosing a gun dog it is important that you choose wisely. Your new gun dog must be an excellent hunting partner for the species you are hunting as well as a faithful family friend that can fit comfortably in you home.

It is important that the hunting dog breeder you choose breed from Quality Field champion lines. Gun dogs from these lines can be expected to hunt upland game birds as well as be capable of competing in field trials at Local, Regional and National levels.

Training Programs

Training programs need to be matched to your dogs age and skill. Puppy, head start programs, are for puppies that have no experience.
Formal training programs usually begin with young 1 to 2 year old dogs, breaking of the dog for realistic hunting situations, preparing them to be loyal gun dogs.
Best Way to Train Your Gun Dog: The Delmar Smith Method
Field Trial and Campaigning programs can help your dog to compete on whichever level you choose. With a competent trainer, and a dog with a good bloodline, the sky is the limit.

A good hunting dog trainer will offer a wide variety of training options, to help you and your dog. They can tailor your training program whether you are just getting started in the sport or you are finishing your dog's skills for your next upland bird hunt. "
Best Way to Train Your Gun Dog: The Delmar Smith Method


Joseph said...

Rod, My name is Joseph and we are coming up to Danville from San Diego with our 18 month old Vizsla, Brulee. We are visting my dad who has lived in Danville for 40 years. Are there any Vizsla walks planned in the area from June 10-15th?? We'd love to join. Thanks for the great info in your blog!

Rod Michaelson said...

Joseph, There is a BIG Vizsla dog show in the town of Vallejo on Saturday June 12th. It is part of a four day dog show called "Woofstock."

Many of the Bay Area Vizsla owners will be there.

I walk every night somewhere and you are welocme ot join Bailey, Chloe and I.

We just got back from a two hour off leash walk.

e-mail me at:

and we can get Brulee some off leash open country time.


Anonymous said...

Good luck with your search.
I will be working with Luna on her being steady to wing and shot, she has had some whoa post already but needs to be transferred to in the field. She has had her force fetch training already and has shown she "has it", so that will simply be brushed up on. She also will need to learn to "honor/back" come this fall. Very reachable goals as she is very teachable. Can't wait to enter her into AKC Hunt tests for her Master title, she has her Junior already. Love to watch my red bird dog hunt, and she loves it even more.

Ken and Janet said...

Hank and Scarlet say Happy Birthday Bailey!!!!!