Hello everyone, new guy here. I joined this forum to try to learn some things about my dog. I have a GSP named Buck. He's 8 years old. He is out of Miller's Gun Dogs in Knobnoster, Mo. I got the dog about a year and a half ago. Someone my dad new was getting divorced, long story short I ended up with Buck. I run and train labs, but I don't know the first thing about pointers, although I've pheasant hunted all my life. When I got him he was in terrible condition. Bone thin, heartworms, dull coat, long nails, dull eyes. Just pitiful. My best friend is a vet, so he is now in top notch condition. As it turns out, he's a hunting machine. He was trained on horseback, so keeping him close requires some attention, but it's not too bad.
What I am wondering is what to command him. When he goes on point, I just tell him "whoa" and I go up beside him and flush the pheasant or quail or whatever. I shoot it, and he retrives it back to my hand. He won't sit, laydown or any other basic OB commands. When I tell him to heel, he kinda just stops in place, but doesn't touch my left leg like my lab does. I only run an E collar on him while hunting, otherwise he runs way to wide. I sense that this dog is really awesome, I just want to make sure I'm not leaving out important commands/training etc. out of my own ignorance. I don't want to waste his potential, is what I'm getting at. Thank you for any help.