I had two of these pups sold but backed out of selling them, one because what the Wild birds did for him. He would not leave me much when running, but always pointed and now post wild birds he runs a good but not spectacular shooting dog race. I credit lots of wild birds over 3-4 weeks. I have seen years were you can't buy a bird on some grounds and that can be a bad deal especially for a young dog in training.
When roading these young dogs two of them will put the brakes on(I usually travel at 15-20km/hr) and point birds hidden in the fields around the farm and very seldom are they wrong. Some of my dogs don't know why I stop the Quad. I like to see a dog use his nose 24/7.
I have done very little work with a check cord with these pups but that is coming soon now that they know why they exist.
Good luck in Tex. sounds like a great thing in the winter months it is -22 C this am.......Dave