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Kentucky couples say North Dakota is best place to train dogs

Associated Press


NEWBURG, N.D. - A pair of married couples from Kentucky are training hunting dogs near this Bottineau County city.

Lonnie and Charlotte Welsh of Summer Shade, Ky., and Dr. James and Pixie Jarvis of Bowling Green, Ky. hunt quail in their home state.

They say training their dogs on North Dakota sharp-tailed grouse and partridges is the closest thing to quail hunting in Kentucky.

"We have found that North Dakota is one of the best places to train a good hunting dog," James Jarvis said.

The Jarvises have trained their dogs in North Dakota for two years. The Welshes have been coming for nearly 10 years.

They arrived in North Dakota early in August with 15 English Pointers and an English Setter and eight Tennessee Walking horses.

The couples start the day at 6 a.m. and work with the dogs for at least five hours each day. The horses and dogs are rotated regularly between training and resting at a stable near Maxbass.

Dogs being trained this summer are between 15 months and 10 years old.

The couples begin working with their dogs soon after they are born. Formal training starts when the dogs are about a year old.

The dogs practice following commands and learn which birds to look for. They also learn to point when they scent birds in the grass. They hold the position until the trainer gives the command to release.

The Jarvises were scheduled to return to Kentucky on Friday. The Welshes plan to stay in the state until the second week in September.

Both couples say they plan to return next year.

"We have found that North Dakota has the friendliest people and the landowners are the most generous we have known," Lonnie Welsh said.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.ndweb.co

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