Steve Says: Steve's VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Today we are featuring Auto Backer. Auto Backer is a pretty specialized piece of birddog equipment. Itís designed to teach a dog to back, which backing is honoring the point of another dog. When a birddog goes on point, your other dogs, whether they smell the birds or not, their responsibility is to stop so that they donít flush the birds depending on their position to the dog.
Auto Backer is designed to help in a situation where you can surprise the dog and present a visual of a dog thatís on point. With Auto Backer, it lays flat, and with the press of a button it pops up. And you present it to the dog. The majority of the dogs are going to stop initially anyway, but weíll give them a real minor correction if they donít stop and give the idea that weíre going to stop on the visual of another dog thatís on point.
We also have bird launchers out in front that work in conjunction with Auto Backer. Once your dog is on point and heís established that, then you would release the birds.
This gives you a combination of a couple of things. Not only is the dog going to be honoring another dog thatís on point, but itís also going to work on setting to wing. If you stop him, birds flush, he gets the idea that when birds are in the air heís supposed to stand still. And thatís a step into progress of steady to wing shot, steady to wing shot and kill.
And then, once you are through and youíve worked through the progression, youíve fired off your shots, youíve launched all your birds, before you release the dog you press the button again and your backing dog disappears.
Something else I like to use the Auto Backer for, in the heat of the summer I donít do an enormous amount of training. But, for us, May to August itís usually too hot to do a lot. But what I will do just to keep dogs fresh is I will use Auto Backer for that. Using Auto Backers and bird launchers, a lot of times the scenting conditions are so bad the dog is really not going to have an opportunity to smell the birds. But to keep him fresh, once a week Iíll take him out. Iíll pop the Auto Backer. Heíll get an opportunity to back. Iíll flush a bird, fire off a couple of shots.
Scent is really not involved in it, but we keep his backing tight and we give him the opportunity sees steady to wing, steady to shot a couple of times. You can even tether a pigeon so that he goes down and looks like a shot bird. If you set it up right with a dummy with your backer you can also work on some retrieves or some hunting dead.
Itís a pretty neat little product. Does a really good job. It makes it easy when you are working by yourself.
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