FIELD TRAINING: ENGLISH SETTER

FIELD TRAINING: ENGLISH SETTER


– [Narrator] Dogumentary TV, producing the best breed documentary on YouTube (dog barking) – (laid back music) – My name’s Kindal Kincaid
and I’m a member of the So Cal NAVHDA group and I have a English Setter. I fell in love with hunting
from a young age and I’ve just been around it my whole life
so that’s why I love hunting. My dad was big duck hunter
and met my mom and my mom got into it and got him actually
into upland hunting. And so I’ve always really
appreciated their love for one another and it was kind of their thing that they did, so we had
our hunting dog growing up. So when I met my boyfriend and he had also grew up hunting it was
kind of meant to be. My mom got into duck hunting because my dad was a duck hunter. She was not about sitting
in the blinds all the time. She loved sitting in the duck blind but she wanted to get out and work the field and that’s where the upland came. And that’s how they got
involved with So Cal NAHVDA so that they could have the love of duck hunting and the love of upland work. Yeah, I was definitely born into hunting. It was definitely something I saw the love that they had for it, they would come home and tell stories and
every time I heard a story I’m like I want to be part of that, I want to get involved in that, so I now I live it out every day now. I started hunting and
training with my parents probably you know five,
helping in and out. So I was around, I’d be
around for months helping out and then they’d leave and go out of state and go hunting so I was in and
out of the training process. I became more involved two years ago. Couple years ago my dad fell
and suffered a brain injury and he became disabled so
his walking became impaired and it became very trying
for them to work the field together and as you know out there training it takes more than one. So I started going out almost three times a week working with my mom. And my dad was always with
us, but he’d stay at the track kind of organize
everything and my mom and I would go out and work the field. Then my boyfriend became
involved and he kind of took over training, helping
my mom with her dog. That started online videos
and the reading books every day and coming up with the hey, I heard this method, and
hey, let’s try this method. And it became a big
collaboration and it was kind of a beautiful thing
because my dad kind of lost a piece of himself with
going out and training, but he became the guy
that sat the track and he organizes the boxes and he’s
got to get our shells ready and he’s got to get our guns
ready and he’s got to get the leads out and take care
of the dogs while we’re out in the field so it’s really
nice having him there. My first dog is actually our
first dog with my boyfriend, he’s 10 months old, he’s an English Setter who is from Kentucky,
he’s from pretty much on the outskirts of a small town. And we picked that breeder
because she is kind of in the country, she’s on
10 acres and we wanted a hunting dog so we spent
a year trying to find her and we found her and
fell in love with her. I hunt with an English
Setter and the reason why I picked the English Setter
is they’re considered like the Gentleman’s dog,
they’re this big, bold, when they walk down the
street and you kind of look at them and you say oh, what is that? And I grew up with the
paintings of pointing dogs on the wall and I saw
these dogs that were in the pictures and I’m like gosh, what is that, they had these beautiful
furnishings and beautiful points with the tail straight out. My dad would say well
that’s an English Setter. And my boyfriend who we
told him about together he actually grew with an English Setter picture right on his gun pinning case. So every time that they would
come back from the field he’d open up the case
and there’d be a picture of an English Setter right there. So it was kind of subliminal
put into our brains that this was the kind of dog
that we were going to get. The English Setter, they
go back about 400 years in history and they are actually
AKC’s first registered dog. So they’re registration number is one. The English Setter O’Donis. So with that kind of history,
we’re like how could we not? They were originally
used, what would happen is the hunters would go out and
the dogs would get real low and they’d stay on real
low point up on the birds. And the hunters would
walk up slowly behind and they’d throw a large net
over the top of the prey and that kept that dogs real low. As firearms became more
popular and more hunters were using firearms to
hunt, the dogs developed into a higher set point which is now why you get the real staunt high
set, trail straight out point. When it comes to having an English Setters, there’s two types. There’s the Bench Setters and
then there’s the Field Setters so Boone is a Bench Setter,
Boone is like a show line. There’s also the Field Setters. Field Setters are smaller,
they’re about 45 pounds and they don’t have the roaning. If you look at Boone he’s got
real tight spots, roaning. You’ll see the Field Solid Setters, which are called Llewellins. They’re smaller, they have
a little bit smaller ears, much faster in the field,
they work big field area. They work far out in
front of you and they’ll be 300 yards out and you’re
never going to see them. Boone is a Bench Setter,
he works a little bit tighter in, a little bit closer in. Boone is going to be 65 to 75 pounds. He’s going to be a bigger, blockier dog. So right now Boone is 10 months old. So we’re in our terrible two’s. We’re training and we train hard, but 4 1/2 months he tested
first for his NAHVDA Natural Ability and he came
out with a prize three. We’re very proud of
that, he scored very high in field and search,
and very proud of him. And then at six months he
ran his junior hunt test. And He got his junior
hunt titles in a weekend. Right now we’re just kind of, we’re gearing up to do our UT test. So right now we’re really working on a lot of obedience training. English Setters are
thought to be a real good hunting breed because of their point. They get on target and
they hold their point. They have a real staunt, strong hold. So the tail goes straight out, the back’s real tight, and an amazing use of nose. So they’ll pick up on scent,
they have a real strong point. He’s a good a runner, he’s quick in the field, the way he is built. So Boone is very prey driven. Boone is extremely prey driven. Boone is, he sees a bird fly overheard that’s all he focuses on. A bird walks in front of him, that’s all Boone thinks about is prey drive. So if I’m going to say anything about an English Setter and their attributes and their qualities as
hunter, it’s going to be their incredible, they’re prey drive. They are bird crazy. The English Setter is
an incredibly smart dog. He figures stuff out at home
that he should never be into. He jumps on the cabinets
that he should never be into. He is incredibly smart
and I think that goes into the fact that they are a
little bit of a stubborn dog. They are a little bit of a sensitive dog because they are so
incredibly intelligent. So the next big hunt on our bucket list is we are going to go to
Utah where the Boone’s litter mater, Josie, her owner Chris is a wildlife vet and so
we’re going to go up there and hunt grouts and pheasant with him when Boone becomes weigh and shot and we can work a lot of field with him. I love hunting because it
has broughten me closer to my family, I think that
family’s so important. Going through everything
that we’ve been through as a family, with my dad’s
disability, it’s amazing to just kind of sit back and
enjoy each other’s company. Also being part of a
group, being part of NAHVDA is so fulfilling and I
come out every Friday and I train with a group of people and I become friends with them and
it’s amazing to kind of relive the joy of the accomplishments
of your friends. Yeah, this is a forever thing. I talked to Boone’s breeder all the time and we’re you know hey,
two years, what’s the plan breeding, I like
this dog, I like that dog, I like the look of this
bullpen, get me a tricolor. That’s what I beg her all the time, give me a tricolor English Setter. And I will do whatever you want, give me that tricolor English Setter.