I've devoted so much time and energy to Abby's steadying this summer that it was a hard decision to come by. But it came down to timing. I'm running out of time and she needs more time in the field to get over the "hump." Steadying a flushing spaniel should be done as quick as possible. Once foundations are laid, you quickly move onto the next hurtle. Abby has a good foundation but I wasn't able to move on with her as fast as I would have liked. With the days growing shorter and my work obligations increasing it was a no-brainier to send her away for 6-8 weeks because more work can be done by a professional trainer that knows what he is doing than what I can do in 6 months!
|High Prairie Farms|
I'm very lucky to have such a resource in Tim Degroff of High Prairie Farms Flushing Spaniels. Not only did I purchase Abby as a puppy from Tim but I have spent the last 5 years learning the intricacies of training and hunting with Field Bred Springer Spaniels. Over those years, Tim has been a great mentor in this game and also a good friend that isn't shy to point out that I dropped a few birds too short........."hardly sporting mate." It was a hard decision but I know that she is in good hands or Nichole would have never let her leave the house!!!
After a few weeks I can start heading back up to Tim's to check on her progress. It's going to be a long 6-8 weeks but it will be worth it in the end.
|So you are saying that I get to run around with other springers and train to be a great gun dog on a daily basis?|
til next time...