Experience falconry with a dog
By virtue of their more developed mental abilities in comparison with the feathered companion or by obeying the hunting instinct, they are eager to help the birds of prey with prey. At first glance, it seems advantageous if the dog as a faster creature than a human being will be the first to rush to the feathered hunter, who cast the game, which is able to resist. What is important, for example, when catching a hare. And the experience of falcon hunts of the past is an example. This, however, concerns to a greater extent hunts with falcons. When harassed by hawks, however, such help from the dog does more harm than good. The fact. that if, while hunting with falcons, these hunters take help from their four-legged friends, or at least tolerate their close presence, then when using hawks together with dogs, the latter are often subject to aggression from birds of prey, if they climb to them to help . Not every hawk understands the good intentions of the dog and therefore perceives the actions of the hunting dog “with bayonets.” Most likely, the hawks look at the four-legged brother as a competitor and regard the behavior of the dog as an attempt to select their prey, therefore they actively protect it.
For example, after catching a hare by a hunting hawk, keeping it rather difficult. A dog could help. In fact, something else happens. A feathered predator, without releasing prey with one paw, the other strives to drive the dog away. And that happens, throws a game and tries to suffice a dog for a muzzle. And this hawk is a very serious predator. A case of catching a medium-sized pooch by a female hawk is known. By the golden eagle it is better not to meddle at all.
A podskolnaya dog, launched into a search in order to find a hunting bird that flew away with the prey, having found it, must indicate the place with a stand, voice or announcement. The behavior of a dog near a bird of prey located in prey. One of the main elements in the actions of the bird dog, affecting the success of hunting. It should be ensured that it keeps at some distance from the birds of prey and does not interfere with the capture and retention of prey. Some dogs make circles around a feathered hunter with game. It is better if the dog lies aside, at a distance of about five meters.
If the dog comes too close or even worse, tries to take away the game, or aportize it together with the bird of prey (there are cases when the dog brought game to the owner along with a jerk who did not want to part with his prey), then such actions of the dog should be resolutely stopped. The dogs are the same. those who constantly challenge their right to prey with a feathered companion, or who are generally aggressively opposed to it, should, of course, be excluded as podkolnye
The very presence of a hunting dog near a bird of prey is advantageous, for sometimes this alone is enough to keep strangers or other people’s dogs from being able to approach the bird of prey before the falconer approaches. My dogs, being next to the birds, sitting on pritsada. the same started active defense, if they noticed approaching unknown subjects.
A dog that, having found a hunting bird, gives a voice, is a great help to the falconer, especially in places that are poorly viewed: impassable scrublands, in dense reeds, etc. In the forest hunt sometimes the birds of prey fly far away in pursuit of game.
Ringing bells can not be heard. In such cases, a good hunting dog, especially a husky, if it is polite, can help find the feathered hunter.
As for the announcement, the cop, possessing such a quality, is very useful, but such a technique can be developed in a dog by means of training. Here, she is required to find a trapping bird that the dog return to the falconer and report in the form of a voice or (using the western method) bringing a bringer, a small stick tied to a collar, and then bring him back to the place where she left her feathered colleague.
Describing hunting with birds of prey, I have already touched on the characteristics of hunting dogs, working as a podsolnymi. The dog should be well trained. In addition to working qualities, obedience should not be in doubt. A falconer busy with his bird of prey should not be distracted by the dog, although it works in contact with it. On the commands given by whistle or gesture, the dog must react unquestioningly. In the hunting team – falconer, trapping bird and dog – the dog should not occupy the leading position. If a hunting dog was raised with a puppy even and correct treatment.