Katie is here today to share with you how she trained her vizsla Harvey to hunt. We don’t hunt with Matilda, but I still found this post really fascinating to read. I hope you do too!
I still remember when Jeff announced to me that he knew what kind of puppy we’d be getting. At the time, we were engaged, but not living together, and talking on the phone daily.
Harvey rode all the way home with us as a teeny tiny seven-week old pup with huge ears, blue eyes, and a cute little pot-belly. We loved him from the start. He would be our companion, best friend, running buddy, snuggle-man, and hunting guide from that day on.
Within the first few weeks we owned him, Jeff had Harvey on another road trip and actually ran into a man at a rest area who was on a hunting excursion with his own dogs. He had a spare pheasant wing and gave it to Jeff. They laid the wing down on the ground a little ways from the car and then let Harvey find it. He didn’t exactly point right away, but he definitely keyed in on the wing and was very interested in it, his instinct driving him. We knew from that short episode that Harvey had the instinct to smell out birds.
The third phrase we use most often is, “Far Enough!” This is used when Harvey is getting too far out ahead of us when hunting. We need him to be close so that if he does point and flush a bird before we’re ready, we’re close enough to take a shot.