Finally got my hands on some live pigeons (trapped myself) and used them to train my dog. Only had five of them, but it gave me some idea as to where my dog is at in reference to pointing and holding her point. I bought a remote control Natural Flush Bird Launcher and it works great. Put the live pigeon in the launcher, place it somewhere and let the dog find it with her nose. I can remote flush the bird and I got more accomplished with this item and the five pigeons thatn I have in a while. The launcher is spring-loaded, so it actually propels the pigeons straight up about 5-7 feet when they are released. You should have seen the look on my dog's face when the first one went up. Will have more to work with in the upcoming days. Dog loves it, my wife loves helping me and it's helping my dog. My six straight weeks of grouse hunting starts Oct 1, so it is nice to see my dog is making strides over earlier. Really exicted. And for all you animal lovers... the pigeons are trapped and released the same day... unharmed.
Chris: I've already hunted and have shot a few birds over my dog. She was pointing and doing a lot of things right, but a lot of things wrong too. This pigeon training is working great and breaking her of a couple of bad habits she started and teaching her new things. I actually shot two birds over her point at 5 months old. It was sort of a fluke thing, but she pointed (probably all instict at that age) and held her point just long enough for me to circle and flush and shoot. These dogs are so smart, they are so easy to train and just so willing to do anything to please, that it is a joy to work with her.