Re: Pittsburgh area rabbits?
I run my dog on pheasants if I get the chance. Hopefully his bark will change so you know he's on a bird, otherwise the flush will just happen any old place. The trick is to either follow him when he's on a bird (if the bark is different) or hunt open fields where you can run the birds down if they flush way out there. I only ever shot one grouse with a beagle, and I was just goofing off, not really even hunting. I think grouse would be pretty tough with a hound. But hey, if you put the time in who knows? Maybe you can discover the next great grouse dog!
A bad day hunting rabbits beats a good day of anything else!