February/March 2008 Now in our thirteenth year.
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| time by chasing the reflection,
I began to shine the flashlight beam on the floor or wall. I
then incorporated this with a method of teaching hand signals,
called 'baseball,' which is outlined in the GAME DOG book."
"I used the flashlight variation of this at home, since
Mackie liked to chase the light. It also fits well into my limited
time for daylight training sessions. The dog loves to do it,
and it has been a big help in repeating commands and learning
Mike took Mackie with him everywhere he could. "I wanted
to expose her to many different situations and different surroundings.
This is emphasized in the GAME DOG book. It makes her less
spooky when being around other people and other dogs. I feel
this really helped her get along when hunting with other dogs."
Although the first season was pretty successful for the dog,
there was still some more work to do as the dog got older, but
many of the weak spots were soon worked out after the first season.
Young dogs can do a pretty good job of hunting, if you "plan
the work," and then "work the plan." It takes
time, consistency, repetition, and patience. And also, if the
dog is attracted to flashlights, you can even work in a little
Richard W. Peterson hails from Columbus Junction, IA