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offer. We start out every
morning with Daily Dog. Then at
feeding time we give Hunt Dog
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after a long hard day. With the
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March 2014 Tip
A frequent question I get asked is, “How can I correct a gun shy dog?” The best solution is to prevent it. Gun shy dogs are made, usually by their owners, and not born. However, some dogs are more sensitive to loud noises than others. This type of dog can be prone to being gun shy if not properly introduced to the gun.
The following are some step by step suggestions that can help prevent gun shyness. Steps 2 – 5 apply to correcting a gun shy dog. Be very sensitive to the dog and proceed very slowly. Spend more time with each step in the process.
1. When selecting your puppy, toss a couple of game bird wings attached to a string onto the ground amidst the pups. Drag the wings around and let the pups get interested in the chase. Once the pups are in pursuit, clap your hands and note those that stop the chase to look at you. These could be sound sensitive pups. It is not a guarantee. They could be just plain curious. Continue the chase and step up the noise level using a pan with a wooden spoon. Again, note the reaction of the pups. Is this a fool proof method? No, but it can be an indicator as to which dog may be sound sensitive. There are other factors to consider when choosing a pup from a breeder. Those will be discussed in a future training tip.
2. Once your pup has been home and is familiar with his/her surroundings, clap your hands while pup is eating. Again, you are looking for the pup’s reaction to unfamiliar noise. If the pup stops to look at you, stop clapping. When pup returns to eat, clap again. Do this until pup stops looking toward you and continues eating. Do the same with the pan and spoon. Once pup ignores you, stop the process. You have conditioned your dog to a strange noise.
3. Ramp up to the cap gun. This should be done several weeks after your pup has had his/her first introduction to birds. Your pup should be learning basic obedience commands, e.g. HERE, NO and KENNEL. Place a clipped wing pigeon onto the ground and let your dog chase it around. You are repeating the introduction of birds to your dog. While your dog is focused and chasing the bird, have a friend, 60-75 yards away, fire the cap gun once. If the dog turns to see what is going on, praise him/her and discontinue the process for the day. Repeat the process until the dog shows no interest in the gun fire and remains focused on the bird.
4. It is time to move 25-30 yards closer to the dog and repeat the process. Once the dog shows no interest repeat the process edging closer to the dog. Repeat this until you can fire the cap pistol and get no reaction towards gunfire within 10-15 feet to the right or left of the dog.
NOTE: Never fire a gun directly over your dog. Their hearing is so sensitive that even the best gun conditioned dog could be harmed.
5. Swap the cap pistol for a training pistol, one that shoots 6mm crimps or standard 209 shotgun primers. Once the dog shows no reaction, move on to a .410 or to a 20 gauge. The last step in the process is the 12 gauge. Once complete, you have a dog properly introduced to the gun.
Never take your dog to the trap, skeet or sporting clay range. Continuous gun fire can ruin the best gun conditioned dog. On the first few hunts, hunt alone or, at most, with one other person. The last thing you want a young dog to experience is a barrage of gunfire as a pheasant flies across a line of hunters! You want your dog to associate the fun of hunting with gun fire. If you follow this approach, your dog will react gleefully when you pull that old shotgun from the closet.
To learn more about dog trainig and upland hunting, visit my website.
See you next month with another training tip.
CJ & Shawnee
ZoomDog® is designed to meet the unique needs of upland bird and waterfowl dogs. We hunt. We work with dogs. We know their needs.
Your gun dog has special needs that other dogs don’t have. You need products designed for these special needs, not just any dog. We realize the special bond you have to your dog. They are active for longer periods of time, under often harsh conditions. They are in and out of kennels, constantly moving, sitting patiently in cold conditions, working through heavy cover, in and out of cold and other situations that most dogs never experience.
They need special ingredients to keep them strong, support their endurance and keep their joints flexible, allowing them to hunt for extended years. All that work, wear and tear on their joints means they need special nutrients to keep them hunting stronger and longer. Their skin and coats need to be healthy to keep them warm and healthy throughout hunting season, and year round. Your gun dog isn’t just a good hunting buddy, they are also an investment in time, money and affection. Keep them in peak condition and you’ll enjoy many more years of successful hunting with your special dog.
If your gun dog is showing any of these signs, you need to check out Hunt Dog Hunt™ Performance Formula with antioxidants and joint strength nutrients.
In The Field:
Hunts very close or walks by your side
Reluctance to Kennel, or jump in & out of truck
Stiffness after working or in the mornings
Reluctance to keep going all day
Difficulty getting up or climbing stairs
Reluctance to jump in or out of your truck
Tenderness or whining when their joints are touched
Don’t like to have their back or legs touched
Licking a joint
If your gun dog has any of these symptoms, you need to check out Itchy Dog Skin, Coat & Allergy Formula.
Scratching a lot
Watery eyes or nose
Red, irritated skin
White flakes like dandruff
Chewing on paws
Inside of elbow joint is inflamed
Redness inside earflap
Crustiness around eyes
Redness on chin or lip folds
Crusty skin lesions
Easy Dog is a natural, calming formula for travel, training and other times when you want to quiet your dog down some. Check out the details.
Daily Dog is a daily dietary supplement designed to help your sporting dog enjoy optimum health throughout its lifetime. Check out the details.
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