I apologize to those who might be weary of watching this “evolution of a bird dog” but to me it’s absolutely fascinating to watch the “dance” between a dog (especially a young puppy) and birds.
I edited out a bunch of footage (gets kinda old just watching a dog stand there, unless it’s YOUR dog!)but wanted to show enough of the sequence to adequately illustrate what was happening.
It’s interesting to me that Sunny stood so long knowing the birds were there but at the end of the first clip you can tell from her body language that she becomes a bit unsure. Then she moved up and became VERY certain and stood a while again…then probably got a little cocky and moved up a bit more. Then the birds went. There is NO way I could replicate that kind of “lesson” in any kind of training situation. Perfect example of why birds are the better teacher.
From beginning to end, Sunny held these birds for about 5 minutes. She stood there so long I started wondering if she was really on birds or smelling something behind me like a mountain lion ready to attack! I admit getting a little jumpy and turning off the camera to look behind me (I have seen both bobcats and mountain lions in this area)!
It was a pretty cool thing to watch. There is nothing more thrilling and intoxicating to me than an intense, single-minded bird dog!