I was wondering if there is a standard stance such as the pointer featured on this website just above this as I am writing? I have a 4 month old and he showed me that he instinctively had the point in him, however I have not seen that classic stance from him since he was 1 and 2 months old. He will find any wing or bird I hide HOWEVER (and I have not worked whoa yet) he holds for a bout a sec then dives in after the wing or bird. Now do some gsp's not tuck the one leg or is that "THE STANCE" I have seen pics of some pointers just, well that, pointing their nose in the right direction. Is this something that will come back to my dog or should I not even be concerned with it? Not that that makes or breaks a good hunting dog I just want my dog looking like a million bucks out there for my own personal brag if you will since I am the one who is training him! Thanks in advance for any and all adive and or opinions I really appreciate it. This site has helped me out in ways in can not even begin to explain so THANKS TO EVERYONE ON HERE FOR BEING DOG LOVERS AND WILLING TO SHARE THEIR EXP. AND EXPERTISE
Every GSP has their own style on point.
The classic one front foot up is more typical with the English setters, although you will see it in the GSP's also.
From my observation with the GSP's, it is more typical to have the head lowered (probably come from the hound breeding) with a flat back and taill in line with the back or slightly raised.
You will see suttle differences from dog to dog.
One of my females has more of a high head position more typically seen in the English pointers.
Some times the style on point just depends on what position their head was in when and where they caught the scent of the bird.
I agree with ace its all in how they catch the scent. Usually my guy points with a high head and a high tail but if the scent is lower to the ground I get a low head wit a high tail.
I get anything from this
Here are some examples of my dogs. First Willow with all four on the ground. Then, Willow with one foot in the air - notice how her tail position changes slightly. She's got a little lower head than her brother Thunder. He's next, with the dark tail - the "newer" style "star gazer pose". And last is Hemi (who is Willow's son). His is the traditional, foot up, tail at 10:30, style point. So you've got a brother/sister and a mother/son to look at - and they are all quite different.
I really enjoy looking at these pictures of the dogs pointing! Those are some great looking dogs.. Here is Jed last fall at about 8mos old..