Dax is from our dear friends Steve and Terry Southard from California. They also bred our beloved Kirk. Her nickname is Miss Swishy Butt because her tail is always wagging -- even when lining up for blinds.
What can I say about Dax?! She has been simultaneously the most rewarding and frustrating dog I have every trained. She is the most independent of our dogs and she does not like making mistakes. When she was young I almost washed her out of field training because if she was confused or afraid she would just freeze or quit. On the other hand, she has always been a very good marking dog.
In the end, her marking ability, love of field work and my unwillingness to give up on her paid off. After a rocky beginning to her Master career, she has become my most consistent dog. Along the way I learned to be a much better dog trainer and, in many ways, to respect Dax more than any other dog we have owned.
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