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Pixie hunting Dec 2013

Pixie hunting Dec 2013

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Pixie’s first bird with Steve

I’m sure you don’t mind hearing about the pups plenty… so hope you don’t mind another email of that sort! Pixie has been learning fast on the hunting. First few times I went with multiple hunters she tended to gravitate toward one person. She has since learned to quarter across whatever width we are spanned out whether it is one person or 4. Picked that up largely on her own after I redirected her a few times in the field. She has also learned to squint more when pushing brush, watched her doing it a few times and that along with the later season has really helped her eyes. Seems to know how to work around thorns more gently as well and has gotten fewer cuts. She ran down a rooster and pinned it this weekend. Was excited when I came to get it from her and let it go. Grabbed it again as it tried to fly, and ended up going after it in the water that it jumped in to as well. Was interesting as we were hunting with the Viszla again, and he had worked the area and was interested but moved on, and Pixie pushed the bird out and chased it down a deer trail. When we took off running Remi followed and also helped with the retrieval. He got the best grip on it in the water and was strong enough to get out of the water with the bird, but Pixie had no problem swimming and treading by the bird. Was a fun bird to get watching her drag it down multiple times and Remi helping. I’m hunting about 3 times a week right now and she is holding up well, getting some patches of worn off fur though that I’m keeping an eye on. Typically hunt twice with Pixie solo, and then Saturday mornings have been the tandem dogs. They work incredibly well together though which was a shock, but has been nice. They hunt completely independently and never trail or follow one another and even switch sides of the line periodically on their own. Pixie has flushed slightly more birds than Remi has pointed so far but not by much I don’t think, and she is pretty good to be directed on to his point to flush out the bird. Feel like with the two dogs we are less likely to walk over a bird which is nice on some of the rougher territory. She has been maturing quickly in the field and is as perfect as ever in the house and around people. She’s about 22 lbs of solid muscle right now and eating 3 cups a day of food. Great little dog! Hopefully I’ll get up your way sometime for you to hunt with her as well.
Later, Steve Nackers

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Pixie 8 weeks and 1 year old, Happy Birthday!

Hi Bill

Pixie has been doing absolutely fantastic with other dogs and with people. Plays well, knows her place, but doesn’t let herself get pushed around. Is good about not jumping on people or small children and loves playing with anybody that can. Tolerated getting her tail tugged on by a 3 year old and the general overwhelming experience of 5 kids under 5 playing with her despite my best efforts to try to keep them under control! Everyone that meets her fawns over her and a number of people have commented that she is the best behaved dog they have ever met. So that is pretty proud for us!

She has been doing good on her training. I can get her to stay at my side when I throw a dummy until she is given the command to get it. She marks falls very well so far. I’ve started working on getting her to recognize gestures as to where she needs to search for a dummy by laying out 3 at a time and getting her to retrieve the one I want. She does it okay but just gets excited some times to be retrieving and doesn’t take the line. I don’t plan on belaboring this approach though as it doesn’t have much application for in the field, but I want her to recognize that my gestures indicate directions for her so she can use that when I do work in the field with her. She seems to need these challenges though as she is very smart and gets bored with simple training pretty quick now and seems to really like when I give her something confusing.

She is a star at the dog park as well. She loves to jump one the agility bars an clears well over her own height. She does it on command (didn’t even have to teach her, the point and “go” is enough for her) and sometimes does it on her own just for fun. Doesn’t like the tunnel much yet, but again, just seems to like to have a new challenge to work through.

She hasn’t had an accident or issue in the house in weeks, is good on her leash (knows not to pull unless cleared to do so), and whines minimally when separated from us. All in all doing awfully good for being only 4 months old!

Take care!
Steve

Steve Nackers | Design Engineering

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