by Shawn Stahl
0:13 He's not too excited is he? How you doing? Welcome to Gundogs Online. I'll tell you something. There's a lot of tips, a lot of tactics that people have for training their dogs, whether it be in the hunting field or in the training field.
Well, here at Gundogs Online we got a couple for you. And the next one we got is Shawn Stahl, a really good buddy of mine, excellent hunter, excellent trainer. He's got a tip for you that involves keeping your dog, not only concealed while in the goose field, but also under control in how he still has a good vantage point for making his marks and still being effective. So check it out. I'm sure you're going to enjoy this.
You ready? Heal up. Good boy.
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1:14 This is your follow pursuit tip of the week. I want to introduce you to one of the products that we use day in and day out, whether we're filming or not and we're out hunting in the field. We're hunting in a situation where we don't have a stand up, permanent blind with a box in it. I like this Ground Force dog blind here. It's something that when you use it in the field, it's a safe place to go; it's a secure place to go and it's a known position for the dog, helps so that they don't break.
You can put it in a position behind the hunters so the dog can see when you pop out to shoot, the dog can see all the hunters. It's in a safe spot so if he does creep or break, you've got a couple of feet notice. You can turn around and tell him to kennel and get back in.
I like to start teaching dogs when they're little, about the age of Willy here, 6-8 weeks old. I start feeding them in there. Put their food bowl in there. Put your food bowl in. Set it in there; tell them kennel. You can also throw some of their toys in there to get them to go in and out. Now, this is a known command because I like to use kennel because you teach them to go in a crate, they go in and out. If you use the kennel command, it's a known command that they can go in.
2:01 Later on after formal obedience, when you start doing collar condition, your collar condition to sit, here, and heal, I like to add on a fourth step and collar condition to kennel. I like to introduce them to the collar pressure to a known command to get them to go into the kennel and stay there. That way if you're in the field and you run into a situation where they pop out, they creep, they start to break, you can give them a kennel.