A term that, for lack of a better one, describes the visible indications
that your pup knows a bird is nearby. A pup "making game" will
generally show you those signs just before the real action happens. Your
Brittany and other pointer/setter
dogs will precede a point with a very visible change in body language, just as your trusty
Spaniel will exhibit an almost electrical birdiness before
flushing out a bird a few yards ahead of you.
How do you spot that your dog is making game? When a pup begins to scent
a bird's foot tracks or is on the edge of the
scent cone produced by the bird, the pup's body language will
change. You are likely to notice an abrupt change in direction, as though
the pup just received a nice jolt of caffeine (espresso, no chaser).
Or you might notice a difference in your pup's tail: before, it was
wagging happily, zooming right along, but when she's making game, the
tail begins to tick more slowly, back and forth, like a metronome set at
What to do when that pup starts making game? Be ready to shoulder your
gun -- a meal is close at hand!
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