A master falconerthrew this at me today: It takes two years to get a good fur dog in shape and three years to get a good bird dog on point. They take a lot of time and a lot of work so, "don't get a new dog if you're going to be training a new bird anytime soon."
how long does it take to get a bird-, how long to get a dog- and does this mean you can't start both or just cann't hunt with the dog for a couple of years. How long do you have to work with your bird every day to train her and how much time does that leave to work with your dog. For me I work with a fresh bird one hour a day how long does it take for a bird to be train this way ? well only ever having had this one bird I don't know. But how long does this leave for the dog,the bird can be in the weathering while you work the dog, she get some desencitizing to the dog and having things going on around her. It all seems good to me.But hay I'm far from an expert in either feild. If i remember correctly you have some experiance with dogs so that should be familiar ground for ya. But what do i know I just shut both eyes and jump. Either I land in the water or the cess pool either way I'm doing something or else i 'll think to death and do nothing. I don't know wish i had good advice for you. Best of luck Chris
Chris, you don't have time to learn from all my mistakes!! I still haven't found a pup. I've settled on a GSP and wouldn't you know it, none of the hunters in this area chose to breed a litter this year! My luck remains a universal constant I have a chance to get a lab that is already obedience trained at five months old. If i got that dog i could start field work immediately and there would be a good chance that we could hunt over her this fall. But i'm stubbornly and perhaps stupidly holding out for a GSP. Whats the update on the cocker?