I had a situation happen today that was a reminder of a question I have been meaning to ask you more in-the-know types out there .
I shot a beautiful mallard drake today, I made what I thought was a solid hit but he still had enough steam to carry himself 50-60 yds. further . So he went down about 100 yards or so total from where I was at. My dog was not able to mark the retrieve as he was on the other side of a large berm making another retrieve. No big deal,I thought ,I'll just line him up and send him on his way. Now, I THOUGHT I saw the bird go down in the pasture of high sage grass and I used a tree in the field as a reference point of where to line my dog. My dog took off like a shot only before he got to the reference he veered off so he was running like I had given a left cast. I stopped him ,right casted to get him back on line, then gave him the back command . He acted like he was to accept the back command and then headed in the same direction that I had stopped from going in the first place. This routine continued for several minutes before I finally just let him go. Sure enough !!! That mallard had hit the ground running and had made it an additional 50 yards from where I Thought he would be laying. The dog could smell where the bird had gone ,yet I was trying to cast him in a different direction and so he was refusing the cast .
I have seen this in him before ,especially in the dove fields.
Now here is my question; in light of my dog being smarter than me :toofunny: , how would this have been percieved had thid been a hunt test ?Yes,the dog was refusing an order but he was doing it because he knew why he was out there in the first place. I mean ,I hope to hunt test him this spring and I'm not sure what to expect. Is this something you guys think I should correct ?
A dog views his master as a God, it is our job to not prove otherwise.