Bird Dog Training Tips
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Bird Dog Training Tips


Bird dog training tip # 1

Basic obedience training is very important and will make the subsequent bird dog training much easier. Devote plenty of time and energy to teaching your puppy basic commands such as “come” and “heel”. Basic obedience training can begin as soon as you have brought your puppy home, but remember to keep it fun and enjoyable for both of you. The most important thing during this early part of the training is that you and your bird dog become close friends and learn how to understand each other. It is during this period that you will make your bird dog housebroken, but keep in mind that young puppies are unable to fully control their bladder and bowels until they are several months old. (Some hunters never housebreak their bird dogs, but most hunters prefer a dog that can accompany them indoors at well as outdoors.)

Bird dog training tip # 2

Examples of basic training that can begin as soon as you have brought your puppy home is to make your puppy react to its name, understanding “No!”, sit and lay down at your command, refrain from eating until you have said that it is okay, and come when you call. You can also start basic retrieving training. A bird dog must naturally also learn leash manners and how to get into a vehicle. Excessive barking must be controlled.

Bird dog training tips # 3

If the basic obedience training work out well, you can start the more specialized bird dog training when your puppy is around 3-4 months old. Keep in mind not to stress your dog. Training should be fun and enjoyable. You are still dealing with a very young dog that should be encouraged to develop its natural talents, not forced into a rigorous training regime. If you start training your bird dog when it is 3-4 months old, it can have turned into quite a skilled bird dog when it is around one year of age. You should however remember that most bird dogs need at least 2-3 hunting seasons to fully develop.

Bird dog training tip # 4

Puppies can make an astonishing progress and it is easy to become carried away and expect the bird dog to learn new things at an ever increasing pace. Rushing your bird dog can however have a very adverse effect on the training process. A young puppy should not be placed in situations that it perceives as highly stressful, such as performing a newly learned trick in a busy environment with a lot a new people or animals. Let your dog become confident before you gradually make it perform even in busy environments. You can for instance start this type of training by adding background noise to a normal training situation.

Bird dog training tips # 5

A young puppy will tire quickly and has a limited attention span. You will therefore be more successful with your bird dog training if you restrict the training sessions to no more than 3-5 minutes to begin with. As the dog grows older, you can gradually prolong these sessions. An adult bird dog will usually be able to stay alert during 15-20 minutes of demanding training.

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