09. Wing on a String
Post date: Aug 31, 2014 9:06:02 PM
When our puppies are around 7 weeks old, we'll often dangle a wing on a string in front of them so we can get pictures of them pointing. Although it's a useful way of seeing what a dog will look like on point, don't read too much into these type of pointing pictures. The wing only demonstrates sight pointing which is a different instinct from the scent pointing we want from a mature bird dog. For this reason, I don't recommend using a wing on a string as a training method. Spending significant time with a wing will get your pointing dog in the habit of thinking he has to see what he's pointing; a habit that will not serve him well on wild birds.