Ilsa is a new junior hunter!

13 Apr

Ilsa continued to impress in the bird field in her second hunt test. This test was hosted by our local vizsla club, and we had a wonderful time with many of our friends along with some new faces.

The entry at this hunt test was much larger than the one we attended the previous week. Altogether, there were at least 8 master and senior braces each day. Since juniors run after the more experienced dogs, we arrived a couple of hours after the start. We made sure to arrive to watch our friends run, but the temperatures were as high as we have seen all year. We didn’t want our Vs to have to endure that heat too terribly long before having to go out in the field. Our efforts to better condition our Vs seemed futile under these conditions. Luckily, there was a pond with some water on the back course right before entering the bird field. We made sure to let each of them stop in the water for a few seconds to cool off before proceeding.

Prior to this test, we had a couple of chances to work with Gumbo to try and slow him from busting too many birds like he did in his first hunt test. We used a check cord and a remote launcher or head tucked birds on the ground to slow him down. With the launcher, we released birds the second he caught scent with the idea that this will make him more cautious. This method has been extremely effective with Ilsa, but it is harder with Gumbo because he makes it harder to recognize when he’s caught scent.

The extra work with Gumbo paid off. He showed improvement during both his runs. By no means was he holding steady the way he’s shown with birds in the bird release during training, but I was very pleased that he held point for a solid few seconds before trying to move in on the bird. As we came in from our run on the first day, the group watching us in the parking lot joked that they were worried that Gumbo wasn’t going to leave any birds for anyone else because he was finding so many. We are very proud of our boy and are excited to report that he earned two more legs toward his junior hunter.

Miss Ilsa also did well despite the conditions. Our biggest concern with her is that she has actually seen TOO many birds lately and is becoming overly cautious – leading to pointing of hot spots (where birds used to be). So she had a few bird free runs during the week to try and prevent this. She had no problem finding and pointing birds during her run and also qualified for two more junior hunter legs meaning she is now a JUNIOR HUNTER!!!! Woohoo!!!

To celebrate, Ilsa got to run as the bye dog in the last brace. Every dog has to run with a bracemate, and if there is an odd number of dogs, a bye dog is needed as a bracemate for the unpaired dog. Ilsa was happy to oblige with an extra run through the field :-).

In my last post, I mentioned that we had tried to complete Ilsa and Gumbo’s junior hunter titles this spring. The reason for this was to be able to enter them in the Parade of Titleholders when we attend the Vizsla Club of America’s National Specialty Show in May. We were most interested in entering Ilsa in this event since she has never had the chance to compete in conformation like Gumbo. We think our little diva will love being the center of attention when strutting her stuff around the ring.

We’re looking forward to bringing you updates on a regular basis again. In the meantime, hope you have a wonderful weekend with your pups!


5 Responses to “Ilsa is a new junior hunter!”

  1. Laurie Bartolo April 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM #

    She is such a pretty girl! 🙂

    • Ben April 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM #

      Thanks! We think so too 😉

  2. 2browndawgs April 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM #

    Congrats on your passes and new title!

  3. Hawk (@browndogcbr) April 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM #

    Hi Y’all!

    Congratulations! Wow, the girls once more have it together! JH! Way to go Miss Ilsa!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog


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