We work hard on not working and thinking when there's a hen in the kitchen... It's quite a challenge to be able to relax, to focuse on other things when there is a bird just in front of a gundog. But to be able to make a retrieve in the midst of birds, to take instructions amongst a bunch of birds, well then this is a must. Iza has made her own solution, which is a way to handle this. She walks away to drink water or go to the pad instead of lay on the floor in front of the bird. Not totally relaxed, but relaxed enough to be able to find solutions. Edda isn't that hyper interested, birds are interesting but not hypnotic to her. Becca, well she has a long way to go until she can be relaxed and take instructions with a bird in the room. She can make a retrieve, but it has do be at least 50 cm away from the bird. Iza can do one 2 inches from the bird. There is a thin balance, we want them to point, but to focuse on commands as well. But if you can't take a command indoors in a calm environment, then taking one while searching in full speed with more then one bird in the neighbourhood will be more than difficult, especially if the human is far behind...
Well all of us write here, both humans and dogs ;) At least that was the plan but it seems it´s mostly me Robyn who´s attached to the keyboard...