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I have one dog in each camp. One sits (or stops) on the flush, the other will not. The one that does, takes longer to find his bird. The one that doesn't sit, is chasing the bird as it flushes, then when its shot, she's right on top of it.
With birds that fly low on a flush, sitting is important because you don't want to hit the dog. so pen raised birds are best for this type of dog.
For dogs that chase and the birds are strong flyers, then you want a dog that chases. Wild birds are better for this type of dog.
Both dogs need to be under control and come back when called. Both need to be tenacious when hunting for shot birds.
once a dog has learned to chase, its very difficult to "fix" that behavior. If you want to get that behavior (sit or stop on flush) ,do not set birds for the dog until you are solid on whistle sit.
~ Stacey with Lucy and Riot, missing Hunter, Reilly, Tiger and Pennie
Wiseman Wildfire Grayling Fish On CD RA JH SHU WC "Lucy"
Thistle Rock Kicking Up a Fuss CD RA WCX ** "Riot"