>>>>I have a "pointing Labrador" that does this. Lab
experiment that was too soon
released for public consumption? It could
be useful, but seems to "mess with the
dog's mind" and conflict with scent
pointing unseen birds. A cool, calm and
collected temperment might be
able to handle the several modes of working birds but
this dog is the
antithesis of cool, calm and
That reminds me
of something Cj wrote about some years ago. The topic for the discussion was the
function in a dogs nose to determine the direction and distance to a source of
scent in 3 dimensions with the aid of more than 1 sensor. He told about this
spider living near water and hunting on the surface of the water. If the spider
held two feet on the surface of the water it could accurately determine the
distance and direction to the victim from the vibrationes the victim caused on
the surface, senced by the spiders feet, out to a certain range of say A. If the
spider held 4 feet on the surface, hence having doubled the number of sensors,
it could determine the position of the victim at a longer range B.
Why do I
mention all this? Because it is apparent that the spider has a much greater
ability to simultaneous interpretation of signals from different
sensors and to summarize them, than a dog has! So if we should discuss a
spiders mental characteristics we could say that they have a muuuuch better
nerve stability than any dog )) Or perhaps the spider lacks a nervous system
that can become nervous......
Once we are into mental characteristics I could
mention Briz adventures this weekend. She was handled at a commercial shoot with
mixed partridge and pheasant. I have for many years been bragging about the
relative accuracy of the Swedish mentality test made on sexually mature dogs.
Briz is not a star on that heaven, her mother Foxy
is. Briz dares to retrieve a wingshot living partridge but a big wounded
pheasant cock is too much of a danger for her. She finds them but does not dare
to pick them up and carry the struggling cock back home. A back-up retriever has
to do that. Foxy never has had such problems. In fact she has many times been a
back-up for the retrievers.
When Briz hits
something (dead or alive) she immediately cant recognize she uses agressivity,
barks with bristle up. When Foxy hits something she immediately cant recognize
she investigates it.
Once again I can with
triumph in my voice announce that a good nerve stability together with a lot of
courage is the first and last we should breed into our dogs. What we put in the
middle is of no value unless the first and last is there to start
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