My 6yo Braque Francais with custom fit -used to be sized for a fat Labrador- Avery vest. For all intents and purposes he is very much like a GSP, only a little smaller.
He scored a perfect 112 in his NAVHDA natural ability test, but I have not pursued rigorous training for UT1 or UT2...
Great dog for finding birds that sail out of sight. A little too much energy in the blind or boat as he really wants to run, but manageable. Bought him as an upland dog, but have way more duck hunting opportunity here in Delaware.
His lower limit on swimming is about 20-25 degrees. Below that he wont fetch from the water.
Sandor I know the breed.
Never had my GSP not go, if anything, I don't send them due to to much ice or strong current. Its a discussion that will go on for ever, many different views.
I don't test any longer, just train for a great hunting companion and family dog now a days, thats all the prize we need!
Have always made sure when they are young to duck hunt where I can get them out and walk some, they just learn to chill out after a while and repetitive hunting. I hunt 3 different boats yearly not including other buddies, they just learn each boat, their spot and such.
6 is a great age!
It's not just a duck boat, it is a tatical platform for opportunity- weedwacker 101
Preserve game and hunt with a trained dog- NAVHDA
"In looking back thru his posts over there he kind of thinks of himself as the zen of all things fowl."