Post by Falcon Boy on Sept 16, 2005 10:50:48 GMT -5
I just got a mini-dauchshund pup, hes about 3.5months old, since i cant take him to college with me, i will hawk with him this season. Hes a smart lil bugger, already knows come, sit, stay, get it, find the bunny, drop it, and thats enough. STill needs a tad of work on find the bunny though...
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You're having more luck with yours than I am. My dog will find the bunny, but he won't bring it to me or drop it... he thinks it's a game and decides to run around with it in his mouth . Lil' rat bastard . I'm going to see if I can get my Dad to work with me. He used to be a dog handler in the Army and might be able to tell me if I'm just screwing up somewhere along the line.
Post by Starburst on Sept 19, 2005 14:28:23 GMT -5
I dont have a bird yet either, but I plan on using my male Chesapeake Bay Retriever. He has a lot of hunting and field trial champs in his blood so he is crazy about game. I know a guy that lives by me who flies peregrins and takes both his labs out with him because he goes after ducks.
Me personally, im using my Chessie when I get my RT, part of the reason is because it's what I have! haha. But he will work great.
Sage - Female American Kestrel 2008 -------------------------------------------- Zephyr - Female Red Tail 2008-2010 -------------------------------------------- Saffron - Female American Kestrel 2009-2010
I run long hair mini dachshunds, two pups and their mother. The pups are about 6 MOS old and already figuring out the process. The other two pups from the litter that I gave to other falconers are doing well also. The mother is the best dog I have ever had. In fields that I use to believe there were no rabbits we find slips now. Rabbits that go to hole are either flushed out or caught by the dog. She has caught a wide variety of animals when in hole. Some out weighing her by 2x's her weight. It doesn't seem that their is any bird that doesn't figure out how useful she is. She can robb a hawk better than I ever could. Best thing is I haven't been ripped up by stickers since I got her. Any falconer that doesn't have a dog like this wants one after going hawking with her. To think I did it with a stick and chaps for years makes me wonder about my own intelligence.
I'm planning on getting a Standard Wire-Hair Dachshund from a Falconer in Georgia. This pup is just about ready to go to a a new home. He is from hunting stock and already is startig to be trained for squirrel and rabbit. I also have a Choc. English lab that is 2 and plan to use him as a flusher for ducks. Thats when I move to a better duck habitat. I could do it here but 1. have to wade through the swamps and 2. Gators. He is really good at getting multiple dummys and loves the water. Thats really all I need him to do is jump in the water.
I used to think i knew some things. But i'm not so sure anymore.
Post by doxiefalconer on Apr 22, 2006 12:17:38 GMT -5
quick thing for you guys to try for doxies, I raise them and train a few.......give them a tennis ball to play with very young....like 4 wks. cut a small hole in the tennis ball and spray rabitt lure inside of it. Let them play with the ball for a couple more weeks and immediately take them outside and roll the ball for them to chase and tell her "find the bunny". this will pay dividends, i always start my dogs this way and whenver we go to the field I just pull out the ball fake throwing it into the bushes and away they go.....my redtail has already caught the clue and when i say find the bunny , training my dogs, she goes nuts and wants to get in a tree.....it's great. i have been training doxies for falconry and hunting for about 7 years...so if ya'll have questions let me have them..
Post by Master Yarak on Jun 14, 2006 10:50:04 GMT -5
They have strong pack drives, fearlessness and they are intelligent. As with any hound its nose to ground. They can get into places neither the hawk or hawker can. I had one as a child got her when I was 3 and put her down when I was 18. She was like a sister. It was first taste of real grief. She traveled overseas and went wherever we were stationed. She chased cows in Germany and moles in Nebraska. Yarak
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away