There is a balance between the dog's work and the human's work, and the dog needs to be able to (as said above) stay on task, and communicate with you. Hunting is not about how insane your dog goes when he sees an animal. He must be interested in the prey but not lose his mind and forget you. I hunt grouse with my two Kai Ken (one at a time though to maximize our cooperation and eliminate competition for the downed bird). In hunting-magazine terms, they hunt "close" to me. They are flushing dogs and I have had to learn to be very good at reading their body language to pick up the earliest sign that they are detecting the right animal (the grouse) and not dicking around after chipmunks. I have to be ready when they say "bird soon!"and get the safety off and be ready to point and fire when they flush it.
You sir are awesome.
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