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  • Following the Scent by Christopher Eckhoff

    Following the Scent: Bird Dogs, Their Handlers, and Field Trialing



    Author Christopher Eckhoff takes you through a two-year stint campaigning his bird dogs in field trials throughout the country. His love of the sport and his dogs quickly becomes evident as he takes...
    • Following the Scent: Bird Dogs, Their Handlers, and Field Trialing



      Author Christopher Eckhoff takes you through a two-year stint campaigning his bird dogs in field trials throughout the country. His love of the sport and his dogs quickly becomes evident as he takes special pleasure in sharing his many experiences. 187 pgs.


      A 187-page book for all those who enjoy field trials by Christopher Eckhoff. Christopher thoroughly examines various elements with field trialing that are common for all breeds of bird dog performance events whether they are pointers, flushers, or retrievers. Christopher explains in his own words about his adventures and journey with his own dogs, describing his best moments, as well as how poor runs can happen, and how you can learn from them. Christopher proves that he's in the business of training and breeding bird dogs and he's very good at it.



      Chapters Page #
      Setting the Scene 1
      You Can't Tell the Players Without a Program 9
      The Fox Creek Classic 13
      The Golden Triangle 23
      Interleague Play 27
      Judging The Dogs 31
      Ethical Bird Dog Handling 41
      The Nationals 45
      Some Final Thoughts On Judging 53
      It's a Rainout 59
      The Perfect Run 65
      Home Turf 75
      No Good Deed Goes Unpunished 81
      Double Duty 89
      A Perspective On Field Trialing 97
      Decisions and Problems 103
      Follies in Field Trials 107
      It's Not All About Winning, Really! 121
      The Regional Championship 127
      Judging The National Endurance 2002 135
      Fun in The Sun 143
      The New Season Begins 147
      Turmoil in My Program 151
      Turmoil, The Story Continues 157
      Bozeman Bound 163
      Beautiful Billings, Montana 171
      A Region on the Ropes 175
      The Last Hurrah 181
      About the Author 187



      A Little about Christopher Eckhoff


      Christopher Eckhoff has been published in Gun Dog and Pointing Dog Journal magazines among numerous other publications. The author has been a bird dog trainer for over 30 years, the most recent 24 years professionally as his only profession. He is the owner/operator of Upland Kennel which is located in easter Montana. Christopher has been heavily involved in bird dog field trials since 1979. He earned field championships with four of his own dogs and currently runs dogs in the AKC Master Hunt Test program.



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