HE’S NO DUMMY. Spring time is puppy time and the start of training for fall. From scent lines to dummy retrieves, there is lots to do and you can never start too early with a young pup, or in conditioning an older dog in getting acclimated to the fun of the hunt.
Featured Photo: Ole the lab retrieves a pheasant dummy. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 5/20 – Getting Better. Hi 70, Lo 40, Wind SE@10.
Tomorrow: Mon 5/21 – Nice for a Monday. Hi 75, Lo 44, Wind S@14.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:03AM Sunset: 9:17PM
Moonrise: 11:22AM Moonset 1:43AM
Overhead: 6:58PM Underfoot: 6:30AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (34% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:30-9:30PM. Sunset and light winds well removed from Friday’s front will provide the best bite of the weekend in today’s Edge Hour.
POSITIVELY. Stay positive and know that for young dogs, it may take some time to figure everything out. The more exposure they get to scent and associating it with a reward, the better off they’ll be and the quicker they’ll connect their efforts with a positive result. We know of dogs that didn’t “get it” for three years, but in their fourth year figured it out. While that’s not the norm, patience is key.
SIMULATED. Is your dog an upland dog? A water retriever? Maybe a jack of all trades? Focus on the efforts that correlate with your favorite hunting pursuits where you’ll need his or her help, and work on the various activities that will make them better prepared for fall. Where legal, create scent trails with wings, visit the lake or a local pond for water retrieves, and work on sitting still in a field blind or on the water’s edge as summer birds fly about to get dogs ready for what they’ll face in fall.
COLLARED GREEN. Work with training collars now to develop a relationship with your pup and when these items should be used. Follow the instructions and guides provided with each model to get a better understanding of how they work now, before setting foot in the field later this fall. Make the donning of the collar associated with a positive activity such as going for a walk or doing some training with rewards so they don’t carry a negative connotation for a dog.