ETHOS -“the character or disposition of a community, group, person, etc.”
It’s a two way street with Bird Dogs.As their Human you are responsible for the well being and training of your Dogs,the more time you spend with them the better off they will be.They will read you better and understand what exactly you want from them, it’s that simple.From your end,as their Pack Leader you must ensure there is an environment of “trust” your dogs respect you,your communication is clear and consistent,thats it.
Foster respect and understand the genetics that your Dogs have,a Border Collie is going to be wired differently from a Lab or a Pointer while the Lab will want to be your buddy and hang by your side the Pointer is wired to be always hunting and not hanging by your side,it want to be out front hunting that is the Dog’s job.
I get the feeling that a lot of folks don’t trust their dogs,this is because they have failed to communicate to the dog exactly what they want from them.This boils down to lack of training,spend time with your dogs and this situation won’t happen.
When it all comes together you will be rewarded with exceptional dogs that all you have to do is turn them into the wind,getting there is not that difficult -Keep it simple.