Just a couple photos from a training day on the farm with some dogs here at Braveheart… Lot of fun had by all involved, especially the 4-leggers.
Max on point
Max with a retrieve. This dog is running strictly on natural talent (AKA basically no training outside of obedience). His owner has finally given in and decided to have us steady him up a bit (it’s just safer all around), so you probably will see more of him. He is one of the sweetest Brits I’ve met.. honestly is pretty calm too when not out in the field etc, he actually will stop for more than 3 seconds.
Jack on point. He turned 2 this day, great birthday present for him
I have decided that it is very hard to capture everything that goes into a dog going on point. In other words it is a challenge to capture the essence of the moment in a still frame. There is an element missing when you simply have a still frame to look at. So much of the point is the lead into it. The dog catching first scent, he begins to get what we call “birdy”. For labs you might see their tail start to move in a chaotic circle. For pointing breeds like Vizslas you might see the tail wag in a horizontal fashion a bit, but it’s not just the tail you have to watch, you should see a shift in their entire body from the nose to tail. If you watch closely enough you can almost see the dog’s brain work. As he begins running madly about, hardly able to contain his excitement. And then BAM, he goes solid as a board. Tail up, neck stretched, trying to catch every bit of scent with his nose as it twitches back and forth. It’s a beautiful sight to be quite honest, especially when a dog has a decent amount of drive and style. You can just tell they LOVE what they do.. And because of all this I will continue to strive for an image that captures the essence of the moment, but some things are just better in person.