We whelped Henry's litter in March of 2015. Later that summer, he traveled to his new home in Beaufort, South Carolina. His owner ran him through a VJP in the spring of 2016, but as a veterinary student, he did not have the time to complete Henry's training for the HZP or VGP. He shipped to Henry to us in mid-June and we have been training him since to prepare him for the HZP and VGP. Cortney will be running him in both tests the weekend of September 9th-11th in Wisconsin.
During his time with us, Henry has really been impressive. He is a very loyal dog so he was a little sulky when he first arrived. But after a few weeks, we finally got to meet the real Henry as he bonded to Cortney and returned to his normal self. He's a happy boy who LOVES to work. He is a very intelligent dog and Cortney was able to complete an entire force-fetch program with him in just over 2 weeks! Henry is a very high-drive dog with an intense love for water...and really any other job. The more confidence he gains, the more he wants to work. He has an excellent nose has been just smoking blood tracks. He completed his VGP bloodtrack in less than 10 minutes as he cruised through the woods (sounding off most of the track as well). He's an intense pointer and has remained rock solid on all of his retrieves of every type of game.
Henry is a very high-drive dog who performed very well in his tests except for small hiccups that cost him big. In his HZP, he had 10s in every subject up until the last subject of the day, the search behind the live duck. Henry LOVES the water and usually does great, but he got really hung up in one area where he was convinced there was a duck, but unfortunately couldn't produce a duck. Since he did not expand his search, he was marked down to a 6 in that subject (and his desire score was lowered to a 9) while maintaining 10s in everything else. In the VGP, Henry was again acing the test and had 4s in every subject except one after the first day. He received a 3 in the retrieve of shot bird because he dropped his bird in shock while flushing a chukar on his way back to deliver his bird to hand. He stopped to watch the chukar fly off and then without any prompting, picked up his dead bird and brought it back to me. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off a bit on the second day of testing. Henry was perfect on his blood track and heeling, but was too excited to sit quietly for the ablegen (down/stay) and the driven hunt. While he remained in place during the driven hunt, he ultimately failed the test for barking. He might just be the highest scoring dog to fail a test in North American history completing the test with 297 points and a No Prize.
But despite these errors while testing, Henry is one of the most talented dogs that we have trained. He has an outstanding nose and his desire to work is off the charts. He will be an excellent dog for Deutsch Langhaar bitch owners to consider if they are looking to punch up the drive and water love in their lines. He is now back with his owner where he will get to spend the fall hunting waterfowl, grouse, and other upland game. Henry is also lucky enough to be owned by a falconer so many of his hunting adventures this fall with be a Peregine Falcon and a Red-Tailed Hawk in addition to a shotgun.
Henry's incredibly fast progression through force fetch and all of his HZP/VGP training has been phenomenal. He is a "brag-dog" that should impress lots of hunters throughout his career. He certainly has a lot of excellent qualities to pass on to the next generation and we look forward to seeing puppies out of him in the future.