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Sit to flush?

I hope this shows what I want it to show. Pheasant cover I love to hunt, I get an adrenaline rush when a cackling bird flushes out of this, grass suddenly parting with me trying to get footing for a good shot. Grass is 4+ feet high, picture taken from inside my truck. Would you have your Golden or any flushing dog sit to flush?

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Sorry, no serious answer but that was not the first thing I pictured when I read your title.


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Sorry, no serious answer but that was not the first thing I pictured when I read your title.

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Very funny, I will be more careful in the future.
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Very funny, I will be more careful in the future.
I have to admit I thought maybe that some kind of "doggie flushing toilet", had been invented!. No offence, to your serioue thread meant!.


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I have to admit I thought maybe that some kind of "doggie flushing toilet", had been invented!. No offence, to your serioue thread meant!.

Hahaha! You guys are killing me!
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Absolutely. I want him sitting and concentrating on where the bird falls. I posted previously about how dogs can readily determine where a bird went down even if they can't see it.



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Sit to flush (with steady to shot) for a variety of reasons:

1. Keep the dog safe and in generally away from where the bird will be shot.
2. Keeps the dog in control in case the bird jumped near or flew over a barbed wire fence. Bird can be shot and if the dog is steady to shot can be safely positioned to the other side of the fence to make the retrieve. Obviously, if the bird is missed there is no recall needed. You are ready to start hunting immediately.
3. When working a brace of dogs you can send the dog you choose to make the retrieve. For example: the dog in the cover may have flushed the bird but the dog in the clear marked the fall.

With this said, things are never perfect. The cover you show is tall so it may be tough for your dog to see the bird fall. However, that is where a blind and/or hunting dead comes into play. IMO, the safety of steadiness far outweighs the additional work it may take to find the fallen bird.

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Lol that thread title... Well played, well played.

I clicked on it while cracking up!

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Oh that would be wonderful on rainy or snowy days. Just imagine! Seat up or down?? 😂
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OK, you people are killing me!!! And you know what? I didn't even think about it when creating the thread.
Well you have got me laughing.
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