Jack says it just isn't fair.
Jack is a stray that showed up in my backyard 7 years ago as a baby. I knew he would bark at the squirrels in the backyard so two years ago I took him out hunting for real. Last year we killed a few but he hunted really close to me. He wouldn't get more than 20 yards away. Today it must have all clicked for him. All day he was ranging just out of sight of me and covered a lot of ground in a circle around me.
I've never had a squirrel dog before so I can say I'm no more advanced at this than Jack. We are learning this hunting squirrels with a dog together. We have covered a lot of ground in our hunts with very little in return other than exercise. He started out just using his eyes to spot squirrels but this year he has also used his nose. Has to be really fresh though as in I see one and walk him over there to get the scent. I don't tell him there is a squirrel I just watch as the light bulb goes off. I also don't shoot unless he has treed the squirrel. I really believe it is coming together for him. He knows what the game is now and will only improve from this point.