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How to get started in hunt/field training?
Kea is hopefully going to be finishing up her RN title next month in Denver. My initial intention with her was to pursue obedience titles since that is where all of MY past experience lies. However, I just don't think she really enjoys obedience, so I'm starting to investigate other venues in which we can participate. We're starting to dabble in conformation, which she seems to enjoy. She's very food motivated, so that might be part of it. I have limited experience in conformation, have turned her over to handlers a few times, but am working toward developing the skills I need to train and show her myself, fully recognizing that this might be a dead end street for us since I'm not a known face in this arena.
We're going to try agility and I've enjoyed reading forum posts from those of you who are involved in hunting with your dogs. I'm hoping you'll be willing to entertain my questions.
First of all, how does one get started in hunting? I'm guessing we'd need to find a trainer or facility. What do I need to look for? What questions should I ask? Do we need any special equipment? We're in Northern Colorado if that helps. She loves the water and getting things out of the water. Sticks, toys, etc. The muddier the better. She is also very confident and notices birds, although she was wary of the gondola when we went to Steamboat last summer, hehe. How could I assess her aptitude for hunting - anything specific I should be looking for besides an affinity for water and birds?
Can I still be involved in her training even if I myself do not hunt?