Bird Dog Association is planning an open house this Saturday | News, Sports, Jobs
JAMESTOWN – Do you realize that dogs are known to have a keen sense of smell 1,000 times more sensitive than humans? This remarkable evolutionary development allows a dog to smell and locate game birds like a pheasant, quail, or woodcock in tall, dense brush and weeds.
The Chautauqua County Bird Dog Association, founded in 1970, will hold an open house Saturday at the club’s property at 3974 Fluvanna Townline Road, also known as County Road 61 from 10 a.m. to noon. The session aims to familiarize curious and interested people with the education of sports dogs.
Visitors will be able to watch a pointer dog run across the field, pick up the scent of a protected pigeon hiding 20 yards from the dog, stop and point or watch where the bird is hiding in the brush while resisting the natural desire to move forward on the bird causing the bird to blush. During training, dogs are taught to stay on point until the handler or hunter mechanically throws the bird to look like a flush, then fires a blank .22 cartridge into the air to simulate a shotgun fired to hopefully harvest the game birds. The dog is trained to stay on point when hunting until instructed to retrieve the downed bird or fetch another bird if the bird has escaped the shot. Our training uses pigeons held in a remote controlled mechanical launcher which pushes them into the air allowing them to return to the loft unharmed.
Common sporting dog breeds such as Setters, Spaniels, English Pointers, Vizslas, German Shorthaired Pointers, and Wiemaraners have been bred to utilize this amazing and incredible natural ability. Probably, in my opinion, many dog breeds could learn to find hidden birds, just as some dog breeds specialize in finding rabbits, badgers or raccoons.
During the open house, hot dogs and soft drinks will be served. Bring your own dog for a run in the fields or try to find a hidden pigeon. If you are planning to attend we would appreciate a response so we can schedule refreshments and muster enough pigeons for the demonstration by leaving a message on my landline for Robert Ungerer at 716-763-0077 or sending a email to [email protected]