Note to self .... Make sure to pack some benadryl for camping trips!
Stella has strong birding instincts which is true to her breed and also to her bloodlines. Both her parents are accomplished dogs in the field. I may in the future look into field trials but it is very hard to find positive based training methods in that area of dog sports. For now we have lots to work on with rally and obedience and possibly agility in the future.
Her hunting instincts are not limited to birds. She loves to hunt, stalk, chase anything she can which includes bugs, flies and the cats when they want to participate. When we have been camping she amuses herself in the campground by playing with any of the bugs or flies she can find. She stalks, pounces, repeats until eventually she catches her prey. I'm sure that this is eventually going to result in her being bitten by something so hence the benadryl comment above. If there is a spider or fly in the house she and the cats compete to chase it down.
She loves to chase the cats which I stop as much as possible. The cats know that she isn't going to hurt them but they still provide her with some chase opportunities. Desi will just jump up on to the nearest higher ground to end the chase. Fred almost enjoys the games and runs for a minute and then just stops and looks at her which brings her to to a screeching halt where she waits wagging her tail hoping for the game to start again. Desi tends to mostly ignore the dogs but Fred is quite comfortable with them around. Stella cracks me up offering all sorts of play bows to Fred but her best play moves just cause him to flick his tail and walk away from her. She hasn't given up hope yet that he will someday romp and wrestle with her.
Here is a picture of her pointing a bird in a bush on a recent hike.