The relationship between a hunter and his or her gun dog is a unique one. There is a rapport based on companionship but there is also a distinct working relationship in place as well. The two relationships both have their times and places; and both hunter and dog each have their expectations in both of them. When out in the field, hunters want and need a dependable hunting dog that knows what it needs to do and when. The dog, in a away, also needs the same of the hunter. This keeps the gun dog safe while out doing what it loves best.
Before ever heading out into the field, both hunters and their dogs must be trained to work together. Failing to establish the proper lines of communication can mean not only poor hunting success, it can mean the possibility for injury or worse. While a hunter knows what he or she means, the dog must process the information in their own mind. Hunters who do not understand this often end up frustrated, as does the dog. Using a system of commands, hand signals, or whistles, hunters and their dogs can learn to work toward their common goal in a safe and secure manner. The result is a successful hunt, something the hunter and the dog will enjoy immensely.
For those that hunt upland birds, there is no greater choice of gun dog than the Brittany. The breed was developed specifically for this purpose in the 1800's and has been firmly establishing itself as a pro ever since. They have a keen sense of smell and voracious tenacity for sniffing out game. On top of this, they are a breed that is only happy when their owner is happy. Once they have been introduced and are comfortable with the loud report of their owner's shotgun, they are often good to go. There are few breeds that carry the Brittany's need to please and inherent gift for hunting. The instinct to freeze or set on point is strong even with Brittanys that are not used for hunting.
Hunters also need a dog with stamina. The Brittany is a dog that not only has unbelievable endurance but will always expect to be included the minute they see their owner preparing to go for a hunt. The Brittany is one that works extremely well with other dogs in the field but adamantly expects their working partners to know their place. It is not uncommon for the Brittany to give a stern nip to a dog that sabotages the set up. Hunters with pairs of Brittanys often train them together and marvel when the two develop their own unique hunting cues that complement their training. It allows them to work together more efficiently and accomplish their goal of pointing out quarry.