The little monster finally grows up a bit
Posted 15 February 2012 - 01:16 pm
He hasn't had the benefit of seeing lots of rabbits out on exercise which could account for part of the problem: we just don't have the rabbits sitting out by day like they used to: too many dog walkers, bad dose of myxie and me and my dogs mooching about every day for years and years. The rabbits know its safer to stay below ground by day.
Anyway, took the monster pup out ferreting for the first time, on his own, and wow! Talk about focused! He did come out a couple of times at around 6 months old, and was a waste of time: all he wanted to do was prat about and generally spend all his time galloping up and down the hedgerows.
Not any more! I have never seen a pup learn so quickly, and he wasn't just marking the holes, he was actively working the warrens, tiptoeing carefully about, trying to anticipate which hole the rabbit would come from. His concentration was 100%, and he actually caught a couple of bolters, not easy round here where the next warrens are never more than 30 yards away at the most. And he retrieved, which didn't surprise me as he has been very easy to train: like I said, he's as smart as they come, and is very play and people orientated, though he did have to do a little lap of honour with the first one.
The second one he put down at my feet just as the ferret came out, so for a second we had a ferret on one end and a lurcher on the other. I just told him to leave and he did.
I've often noticed that the most trying pups, those which test your patience all the time, are never content to do normal puppy things, often turn out to be some of the best in the field. Chance is his name, and he's from good lines of daytime dogs, and although I've got even more grey hairs now than I did, I've always known he's going to be a good 'un. He has a naturally fast and accurate strike and more want than I've seen in a long time, barring the Airedale lurchers that is. Here's a few photos of the brat not behaving like a brat at all........
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