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You know without a doubt one of the most important things you can do when training a young hunting dog is to properly introduce them to birds. We're going to do that today with a 12 week old English springer spaniel. Now when you start them this young, you're going to want to follow a few simple rules and we'll go over that with you today.
Teaching your dog how to trail is not only a great conservation tool to find birds that you've knocked down but it's also something you're going to use if you're an upland bird hunter in order to get birds put in the air.
You know, whether you're hunting waterfowl or upland birds, there's going to be a time when you hit a bird your dog just doesn't see. Now in order to get those birds you're going to need to teach your dog how to do blind retrieve. And that's what we're going to show you how to do today.
Today we're going to show you how to do it right so that you can avoid having a dog that's gun shy.
Hey, a lot of guys that are using retrievers for ruffling birds are going to love this drill. What I'm going to do is, I'm going to put down just like I did right here a clipped wing pigeon and I'm going to develop my dog's nose; I'm going to develop his hunt drive; but most importantly, I'm going to develop a hard flush. Now whether you're doing a retriever springer spaniel or any flushing breed, by putting down clipped wing pigeons, letting your dog work into him, rush in and catch that bird, you're going to develop a lot stronger flush.
With the introduction video with tidbit training we taught the dogs how to go to the place board. Now we're going to expand on that with what we call three steps. That's to go away, sit and stay, and come. Those are our three steps.
I'm Gary from G&D Kennels and we're going to show you how we get these dogs used to the place boards with tidbit training. Me and Briar will show you this. Come on, Briar. I'm going to sit him on the place board. Hup. Let him have a little treat.
Hey, first step on getting your dog started in the force fetching program is just getting your dog to comply with having something in their mouth. So a lot of people what they'll do is take a dowel stick, try shoving it in their dog's mouth and try to get them to hold onto it. But there's really an easier way.
You know, unless you shoot like Tom Knapp, there's going to be times when you're going to wing a bird and it's going to go further, much further than you'd like it to. Today we're going to show you how to extend your dog out on marks to retrieve those long birds.
Today we're going to talk about advanced platform training. If the term platform or the place command is new to you, then feel free to go back to our topic on teaching our young dog the place command.