Project Upland presents: A Deutsch Kurzhaar (German Shorthair) Story …

Deutsch Kurzhaar (German Shorthair) in the field. Pic from
Deutsch Kurzhaar (German Shorthair) in the field. Pic from

I’m a die-hard Pointer fan. Always will be.

But I know my favorite bird dog breed is not for everyone. For some folks and some situations, German Shorthairs can be a better fit.

David Trahan is the owner of On-Point Kennel in Deerfield, NH. He also a hunting guide, a lifelong member of NAVHDA, and, most importantly, a breeder, trainer, and lover of Deutsch Kurzhaars.

In this film from Project Upland, you can find out more about him and learn why he thinks so highly of these dogs.

Maine Grouse Hunting – Those Moments: A Project Upland Film…

Maine Grouse Hunting - Those Moments: A Project Upland Film...
Maine Grouse Hunting – Those Moments: A Project Upland Film…

If you’re jonesing for grouse season like I am, you’ll enjoy this video. Just released by the guys at Project Upland it’s a great look into what makes upland hunting so special–and a great reminder of what’s just a few months away.

Upland Hunting — the 2011 season begins…

The upland hunting season in Maine started on October 1st. But due to the crummy weather, my first day chasing grouse and woodcock was this past Saturday – 10/8. It was hot out all day – above 80 degrees at the peak – and the leaves were still up and very green. It looked like September. Right now fall’s about 2 weeks behind. I hope colder weather is on the way. I want those leaves down.

The hunting was hard. The thick cover and heat teamed up on us to make the shooting tough and the walking even harder. I went out with Master Maine Guide Bob Foshay. I’ve been hunting with Bob for the past 6 years. He’s 79 now and still going strong. We went out with his GSP Nelly and my girl Puck. In all, we moved 10 woodcock and 2 grouse – not bad. I shot two grouse. From here the season should only get better. Now if only those leaves would turn and drop.

Time for a check-cord check up…

What could be simple than a check cord? It’s just a chunk of rope. You attach it to your dog and train away. Of course,  it’s not that simple. There are right and wrong ways to use this training essential. Here are a couple articles that point out some of those dos and don’t. If you’re training a bird dog, both are worth a read.

2” x 30’ Pro-Trainer Check Cord
2” x 30’ Pro-Trainer Check Cord

Understanding the Check Cord, by Martha Greenless, from Steady with Style.

“Sometimes the more simple the tool, the harder it is to understand. The human mind seems to like making simple things more complicated. Maybe simple is more complicated. Take the check-cord. There are few pieces of training equipment as simple, yet this short piece of rope is the single most important tool you will own, and it is vastly misunderstood. Unlike a leash where the dog walks next to you, a dog should hunt in front of you while walking on the check-cord…”

You can read the complete post here.

The Checkcord, from, the official site for Rick Smith, Inc.

“…In every dog’s training, there comes a time to ask the dog to work out away from us at a distance. This is best accomplished gradually and in small steps using a valuable tool called the check cord. Using a check cord gives us control over our dog’s movement at an increasing distance, reinforcing how and where we want the dog to work when hunting in front of us. This is simply an extension of the previous step, the command lead. If the lead work was done thoroughly and correctly, and we’ve developed a point of contact on the dog’s neck, then the check cord work will go easily. If it does not, it means more time is needed on the lead and development of the cue on the neck…”

You can read the rest of it here.