I really detest the word 'broke' when it comes to a started or finished bird
dog. While I do use the word myself since it is a widely known trainer's word, I
still find its sound and meaning harsh which is exactly the opposite of how we
train here at Chief's Brittanys.
Back to the phone call. This particular gentleman had heard of my techniques
and drove down last year from what I believe is central Colorado. He had
mentioned that he belonged to a Brittany club up there but I didn't pay it much
attention. (I sowed my field trial oats and now that I live in a remote area, I
fully enjoy just train', huntin', and guidin') I train dogs for the gentleman
hunter and that just happens to agree with field trials and huntin' tests.
Anyways, the gentleman tells me on the phone that the dog is now qualified
for some high fa-lutin' (sp?) regional championship and possibly, later, the
Nationals. This young dog is only 18 months old!
When I trained the dog it was bustin' and chasin' (young pup) birds though it
did come to its name and quarter O.K. I gave the dog some yard work and made the
owner promise to never stop the yard work. The owner and I had some hands on
time when he came down to pick her up...I Never train a dog 'less the owner
agrees to be trained too -- I don't care how experienced the owner is...period!
The bottom line folks is that