Puppies For Sale: Training Gun Dogs
Dogs have been used for hunting for hundreds, if not thousands or years by man and since the invention and widespread use of guns in hunting, it has been up to a gun dog to go and retrieve the shot bird or rabbit. The best gundogs are those that have natural retrieving instincts such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and Springer Spaniels. Gun dog training need not be complicated and if carried out correctly, you will have a fantastic gundog to receive your game. Read on to find out more about gun dog training.
Gun Dog Training
- The first thing is to buy a gun dog puppy for sale. There are many suitable gun dog puppies for sale such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers and Springer Spaniels on Dogs and Puppies. Any hunting breed is perfectly acceptable however. Make sure that any puppies have been fully vaccinated. It is best to start the gun dog training as young as possible.
- The first part of gun dog training is to get the gundog used to having a collar and lead on. This allows you be complete control of the gun dog training and also ensures that you are close by if the gun dog becomes startled.
- The first thing to do is to give your gun dog puppy a soft canvas dummy bird. Encourage the puppy to take it, all the time talking in a happy and friendly voice. The aim of this part of the gun dog training is get the gundogs to pick up and return things to you without destroying them.
- Throw the dummy away from the gundog and give the retrieve command. If all goes to plan, gundogs will run to the dummy and bring it back to you. Give a command to the gun dog to release the dummy and heap lots of praise on him when he does.
- Once you have gone far enough in the gun dog training so that the gundog is consistently fetching and retrieving. Add bird wings to teach the gundogs the feel and scent of the real birds that they will retrieve.
- Once your gundogs have got used to this, move to a safe area and continue the gun dog training with guns. The loud noises will startle a gun dog puppy at first so have somebody with you to hold the lead of the gundog and calm him while you fire. Move on a hundred metres or so and then continue the gun dog training until the gundog is no longer concerned by the bang.
- To continue the gun dog training, fire the gun and get your helper to throw the dummy at the same time. Give your gundog puppy the retrieve command and wait for him to bring it back. This part of the gun dog training encourages the gun dog to look up when the gun is fired and track the bird to the ground. Keep the gun dog training going in a variety of locations and weather conditions until you have a fully trained gundog. Remember that most puppies for sale have short attention spans so keep the gun dog training down to 15-20 minutes.