Well, Ember my newly adopted WPG found ptarmigan but we also found a problem. I mentioned in another thread that I tested her with chukar and the primer pistol starting at a distance and moving in as she showed no sign of concern. I even shot a bird over her...no sign of gun shyness.
However when we found ptamigan this weekend she showed signs of wariness. The first bird I shot was over another dog, she was nearby. She did not run but froze in place. Probably should have stopped there but having shot over her the day before, I thought she would need to see and smell the birds to engage in the retreive. She went on and hunted just fine, we found another group, she actually backed for a short time then moved up and pointed the birds for a long time while I hiked up. We made sure she had a good look and sniff and flushed them for her to see. My friend shot one bird and Ember took several steps back away, she didnt run. We got her over the the area and she was totally fired up over the downed bird, retrieving playing etc.
Afterwards, she went on to hunt, find, point and trail running birds like a pro. I tired to even get her to chase for fun, she wouldnt really break. I left the field after she flushed a group, my friend hunted some more and found shot a few birds for his dog.
So, I plan to do lots of noise desensitization and more chukar separately with no noise and eventually bring them together again. Has anyone experienced this before....how would you proceed. I have always had pups and had no trouble introducing gunfire. I am thinking that I will continue as if she were a new pup. I have started with wooden blocks during feeding.
My friend and I were both surprised since the day before she showed no signs of shyness at all. I dont think she is ruined, but I have to be patient and step back.
Any ideas would be appreciated....Is my plan reasonable?
Positive note...I got a photo of her pointing with birds in front of her...can you spot the birds?