While Sparty has already been to two hunts he was mostly just a observer...just a young pup, it was all new and he didn't do much but follow me around ( he did find one bird) But soon, hopefully this weekend, it will be his first real hunt. At 8 months, he can sit,stay,come and heel. He follows signals and directions, can sniff out the "bird" and brings it back with manners. However, all of this has been in training with dummies or pelts. The hunt will the europain style from platforms ( too much snow for cover or walking about). Sparts job will be waiting at my side until time to go get the birds that were dropped and the occasional runner. he won't have to compete with older dogs as well will be at our own platform. I think it will be an ideal setting for him to get confidence in a siutation that will be confusing and exciting for him...and me too.....