i train and work welsh border collies for a living and have always had a very keen interest in hawks since i was little. i've been out on a few hunts with a guy and his goss over open morland and i've found that the hawk responded to the outright speed of my collies. hunting was really good and both my dogs got a proper workout. he ended with 2 rabbits(hares) that were flushed by my 5 year old collie.
also my dog isn't scared to run into bramble stuff to get pests out so i'm hoping that come jan/feb 2015 when i hope to get my hawk that it'll work just as well then.
i'm going to be doing the full lantra course with ben long in gloucestershire cos i think that there is plenty of merit to it and then get my hawk after i get my cert - people round here including the likes of the RSPCA just don't understand falconry