Hunting Dogs - Introduction to Gunfire
By: Geoffrey A. English
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0:05 You know one of the most important things you can do when training a hunting dog is a proper introduction to gun.
0:10 (gunshot) Now, if you do this step right, you're going to have a hunting fool for life. If you do it wrong, you're going to have a dog that tucks its tail and heads back to the truck on the first shot of the day. Today we're going to show you how to do it right so that you can avoid having a dog that's gun shy.
0:24 Now you'll want to start this process with a small caliber blank pistol. For sensitive dogs I like to use a 209 Primer pistol and I like to (gunshot) have the dog set back from the gun about a hundred plus yards. Now as the dog becomes more comfortable (come on in!) with gunfire, you're going to want to move the gun closer and closer. I like to do this in about 10 yard increments (gunshot) until the gun is right beside you and the dog is at heel.
0:46 Annie. Good girl. Sit. Now, if your dog shows no signs of gun shyness, you're going to want to do the same process (gunshot) with a shotgun. Now, I like to start with a .20 gauge and then move to a .12 gauge. Now, don't be in a hurry here. Some dogs will gun break in a single session. Others may take as long as a week.
1:06 Now if your dog shows any type of gun shyness, you're going to want to have the gunners move back to where they began, if not further. And you're going to want to start this process all over again.
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