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Good evening Gents,
Using this platform again as I find it a great way to reach out into a pool of knowledge and great experience.
Now I don’t work my terriers to hounds here in Ireland, but more than often will find myself having a wonder about my permission and trying the terriers in some common spots. However, I have noticed I’ve drawn more blank days than good and wanted to know what those who don’t work terriers under hounds provide consistent work for their own, how do you go about your day out to guarantee an earth will be occupied and how do you feel about drawing blank days.
I worry by doing so my terriers will go flat and maybe cause a negative impact on their careers as working terriers.
Good afternoon Chaps,
Been working a new bitch this season, who’s incredibly game. Had two successful digs to her, she worked the both Charlie’s very well with no encouragement from me and held up well until I got through.
However, on the last two occasions she’s rocketed in and bayed straight away with pure excitement. After locating her in a short time I’ve dug down to find her baying at fresh bedding /or a tight spot. I’m embarrassed to say on one occasion a rabbit has bolted in the far end of the earth (which is something I don’t want to encourage at all). Although she’s wasn’t or anywhere near that particular hole I don’t want to encourage behaviour that results in a buggered dog.
can someone cast some experience/insight into this and let me know what they think.
also there’s a second part to this question, as country becomes more and more tight I find myself going out on fewer occasions - has anyone found this a negative impact on their dogs? I’m worried I can’t keep they’re head in the game if I fail to provide the correct volume of work.
I’ve just finished reading Nick Stevens book called “An obsession” and found it a really good read with a great insight into the life of a professional terrier man (Pre-ban).
It got me wondering what made a great terrier man for the hunt, I know there are the obvious answers but Nick went into great depths discussing the success in fox population from good cover-laying in comparison to building artificials and went into great detail about the country and we’ll know earths.
are there any well weathered terrier men that could cast their opinions into the past world of hunting and what made a great terrier man that boosted the odds for the hounds.
Letting off the lead -
Hello chaps, I was given a Powell bread bitch from a close friend who didn’t have the space nor time to accommodate. She came to my kennels at seven months, very game and unfortunately doesn’t always mix well with other dogs.
I like to be able to walk mine off the lead, have them stock broken and have some recall! But this bitch is the most pig headed thing, off the lead, her head goes down and she’s off. I’ve tried and tried to improve things but she will not listen.
Since having her I’ve accommodated for her ways and brought her on slowly, she went to work for the first time and was superb. I kept quiet, allowed her to mark on her own, go in and locate the quarry. She’s a fierce bitch that shows great hart with a good voice on her. Sadly since then she still is a sod if there’s nothing to keep her interest she’ll get her head down and bugger off, I’m finding myself paranoid she’ll vacate a spot and f#ck off across country. My biggest concern if she does it and disappears on me It could really spoil a day out. I know it’s still early days to cast judgements but I wanted to see if anyone had been in a similar place?