||to hunt ground/wind direction in an efficient manner.
||wind directly blowing into your face.
||wind directly coming from behind.
| Side or cheek wind
||wind direction from left or right.
||the speed the dog quarters its ground.
||the ability and strength to enter and or go through cover.
||the bodily action of the dog when hunting.
||the ability of the dog to be directed when at a distance from the handler.
||Watching and memorizing where birds have fallen and gauging the distance.
|| to collect a retrieve which the first dog/s tried failed to find.
||dog leaves the drop without orders for a retrieve or to chase flushed game.
||catching live uninjured/unshot game.
||When a dog locates a retrieve but refuses to pick it.
||pointing where there is no game.
|Sticking on point
||refusing to flush on command.
||when a dog makes a noise such as barking or whining, often called squeaking.
||when a dog applies sufficient grip to damage game Runner = wounded game which has moved from place of shot or fall.
- Slip lead
- Whistle with lanyard
Play training commences
Puppy training/playing/retrieving 8weeks to 6/8 months
Basic training can start at 6 to 8 months (6 months if the pup is particularly precocious)
- Walking on a lead (as opposed to walking to heel)
- Teaching your dog to sit and stop on command
- Stopping on the whistle
- Sitting and staying
- Recalling to whistle
- Steadiness to a thrown dummy, from a sitting position and then on the move
- Walking to heel (once good hunting/quartering is fully established)
- Steadiness to flushed/moving game
- Handling game
- Introducing gunfire/bangs
- Dropping to shot/marking
- Direction handling
- Jumping fences/walls
- Swimming/water work
- Laying retrieving lines/simulating running game
- Training the spaniel as a no slip retriever
- Training the spaniel to work in a group
Basic do’s and don’ts
Give the puppy lots of human contact but do not put temptation in his way, if he runs off with your best pair of shoes and you chastise him, do not be surprised when he will not retrieve your dummies when the time comes!
Do not credit your dog with human intelligence or emotion.
Dogs are pack animals, they have a strict pack order, and you must be the Alpha adult.
Your voice is the best tool for praise and/or chastisement.
Never give a lesson if you are not in the correct frame of mind, there is no rush, leave it till you are feeling better!
Never give your dog a command unless you are in a position to enforce compliance.
Dogs only remember their last action, as an example, if your puppy is being steadied to a thrown dummy and he runs in without orders, you must intercept him BEFORE he reaches the dummy, however, if you fail and he gets hold of the dummy you must praise him for retrieving. Do NOT chastise the puppy at this point as the puppy believes he is being punished for his last action ie retrieving.
Always finish your training session on a high and never be afraid of going back to earlier lessons. If your puppy is being particularly obtuse with a particular task, go back to one you know he can do well and praise him. He will eventually accept the new lesson, just give him time.