Teaching Steady To Wing And Shot
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0:45 Hi, I'm George Hickox. We're here in North Dakota on our training grounds. Today we're going to talk about teaching a dog to be steady to wing and shot. The benchmarks before I start is I want a completed fly away drills. I want a completed my restrained chase drills.
1:01 Earlier in the dog's life and yard training, I would have taught it jumping a barrel. We use a clicker training method for doing that. The dog jumps on, we're going to click and reward. So we're going to teach him to be enthusiastic about jumping on that barrel. Once that's in place and my fly-away and restrained chase drills are in place, I'm ready to start stay to wing and shot.
1:20 To do that, we're going to have the dog on the barrel. We're going to have him chained. I'm going to walk out in front. I've got a piece of PVC pipe with a remote launcher. There's a cord coming from the pipe to the launcher. So when I launch the bird, it's going to fly around and come down. I'm going to fire the gun as the bird is coming down. I can't miss it.
Then I'm going to fire another bird up through the remote launcher. Let it come up, I'm going to fire my gun. When the dog is picture perfect on the barrel, and not until he's picture perfect, I bet my last $10 he'd stay on that barrel even if he wasn't chained, that's when I'd go to my formal point drill to finish making the dog steady to wing and steady to shot.
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2:32 Thatta boy. That a good boy.
2:38 So to start the process of teaching your dog to be steady to wing and shot, start with a barrel. You have him chained, he'll make less mistakes and it won't make you have to correct him on a bird.
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