Some people say I have a face for radio, not television. But my dogs know that my face can help them become better hunters.

Bird dogs key on your body’s most visible, brightest component, and try to keep it in sight. Well-bred hunters will try to stay in front of you, and they know it’s the front because they can see your face. So how do you use this to your advantage?

Look in the direction you want your dog to go in the field. A cooperative dog will try to put your face behind him. Want him to change direction? Just turn that way.

When you need a strong, independent, creative “hunt dead” retrieve, direct him to the right spot with your face, not by walking around in the brush. It keeps your scent out of the area, but still puts him where the bird fell.

Some hunt tests require the handler to be silent during portions of field, water and retrieving work. Or you may not want to spook other birds in the field. Let your face do the talking.

Your dog needs direction and your face can be a shining beacon. He may not have a very refined aesthetic sense, but to your dog your face may be the best thing he’s seen all day.

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