Tessa just turned 5 months old and today had her first REAL point. Saw pointed a heron and held the point for almost a minute while he took off and settled further down, she didn't move.
This is my first pointer so I don't really know what to do when she points. I think out in the field you're supposed to move in, approaching the dog from the side? But she was on a short leash. I didn't do anything, I just watched, although inside I was jumping for joy and wanted to praise her...my questions:
1. Will praising in that situation break her concentration?
2. How do you show your approval?
3. Do you even need to show your approval?
4. How can you teach the dog to hold a point? Should you teach the dog to hold a point? What commands do you use when you want to release the dog from the point?