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    He's a beautiful dog. Thanks for sharing the great pictures! I always enjoy seeing the pictures you post, great country out there!
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    Nice shots of Maverick and the outdoors! Good action shot of him coming out of the water. Beautiful. Glad he’s working out for you. It took our German Shepherd nearly 3 years to “mature” and settle down but it was worth the wait. She’s a lot of fun to be with in the woods and a great watch dog.
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    Great pics and thanks for sharing them.
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    Just gotta love good bird dogs, no matter what the breed. If the average American worker had the work ethic of a bird dog, production would be through the roof.

    Here's Jasta, my 12 year old Brittany. I couldn't even begin to count the number of roosters that we've bagged together.
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    Every walk is a chance to slip in a little bit of training, does not have to be much just a few whistle recalls as an example. Over a week then a month it can be surprising at how far you can come, Well from the dogs perspective he's out for a walk and when he does what he's asked he get praised ain't walks fun. Gar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M700 View Post
    Yes he is. About a year and a half old. And a rescue dog at that. He came into our lives in August, needing a home & family. Apparently we needed a dog too.

    Our last GWP died in the spring, and we'd just about gotten used to not having a dog around for the first time in over 20 years... Then friends told us about young Maverick, needing a home. He's been good for me, and I think we've done well by him too. Obedience training took a couple of months. Then we set to hunting, though he'd had very little training for that. He did passably well, helping me bring home nine pheasants last fall. I think he'll do better this year.

    Meanwhile, he gives me something to do a couple of hours every day, and I like that.

    Regards, Guy
    They used to like older dogs for pointing Ruffed Grouse for the reasons you mentioned. I always liked to have the dogs fairly close when hunting, not using a flag or some indicator so I could see them off in the distance. Some have electronic finders especially around here in the brush for grouse.. Pheasant were a lot of fun with a pointer but as the season wore on the Shorthairs I had learned to "road" or point then repoint until they could maybe in one down. Some just liked to run till they could flush out of range. Still a lot of fun.

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    He must have run about 6 miles today while I walked a bit over 2 miles. He took a few dips in the Columbia as well, but... Since the temp was in the mid 30's with a brisk breeze blowing, I declined to swim with the dog today:






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