Building a Grouse Dog:


From Puppy to Polished Performer

Craig Doherty

  • Softcover 10 x 7
  • 178 pages with color photos throughout
  • ISBN 978194023925


Building a Grouse Dog: From Puppy to Polished Performer is the most comprehensive, how-to manual in print for taking an eight-week-old little squirmer of any pointing breed and turning him or her into that most coveted gamebird finder there is: a finished grouse dog.


Unlike many general pointing-dog training books, this one concentrates on one speciesthe ruffed grouse. Grouse are notorious for their caginess, their wariness and their difficulty in being pinned down so a hunter can get close enough to flush and shoot. It takes a dog trained nearly from birth to handle that task, and no one knows how to do it better than Craig Doherty.

When not afield, the author is a New Hampshire school teacher. He was the driving focus behind Field Trial magazine and is a columnist for The Pointing Dog Journal. Doherty regularly competes in grouse trials throughout the Northeast and professionally trains grouse dogs for clients from all over the country. He also guides grouse hunters using his own dogs trained in his outstanding methodsimportant because paying clients expect results, and birds in hand can only come consistently only by guns following dogs that know the game.

A number of how-to training books tell you what to do from beginning to end, step by step. But if you have started your own trainingbefore becoming aware of this illuminating book, and run into problems, you may be frustrated by advice something along the lines of, Well, you messed up because you didnt do X, Y and Z. Remember that so you wont ruin your next dog!Not Craig. If you run into a snag in bringing along your current dog, Craig tells you what to do to get past iton with the dogs complete training.

If your aim is to own and hunt behind a finished grouse dog at home and effective in the coverts, Building a Grouse Dog is an extraordinarily useful instructional guide for you and your dog.


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