Hunting Dog Training Tips
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Hunting Dog Training Tips


Hunting dog training tip # 1

Basic obedience training can be started as soon as you bring your puppy home, as long as you make it fun and enjoyable for the young dog. By devoting time and energy to basic obedience training and housebreaking, the following hunting dog training will be much easier. Keep in mind that a young puppy has a short attention span. You will be more successful with the basic obedience training if you restrict it to many, short training sessions – ideally less than 5 minutes. Training should be integrated in your puppy's life as something interesting and enjoyable.

Hunting dog training tips # 2

Using food to teach your hunting dog new things is usually very effective, and eventually you will be able to replace the food with other forms of appreciation, e.g. patting. By placing the training around meal time, it is easy to motivate your young hunting dog. You can for instance call your dogs name every time you put down its food. Soon, the dog will begin to associate its name with pleasant things like food and company. You can then introduce the whistle, and start blowing it when you have prepared food for your dog. Soon, the dog will come to you when you call its name or blow the whistle.

Hunting dog training tip # 3

A hunting dog must be able to cope with sudden noises and a busy environment without loosing focus. You can start training your young hunting dog by making a few loud noises in an environment where the dog feels safe. You can then proceed by making sharp noises when the dog eats, e.g. by clapping items together. Keep in mind that the training must be gradual. Never stress the dog by constantly disturbing it at meal time. After a few weeks, you can introduce a starting pistol to make the hunting dog used to the sound of guns. All initial training must take place in a safe and stress free environment.

Hunting dog training tips # 4

A hunting dog must be able to socialize with humans as well as with other dogs. It should also behave around other animals and stay composed when it encounters new creatures. Socialization is therefore a very important part of hunting dog training – a part that many hunters tend to neglect. A hunting dog that is aggressive towards humans or other hunting dogs, a hunting dog that is easily frightened, or a hunting dog that simply can not communicate with other dogs and tend to end up in fights, is naturally highly undesirable for any hunter. By letting the young puppy stay with its mother and siblings for at least eight weeks, you will get a lot for free since the puppy will automatically learn basic socialization skills. The puppy should then be introduced to its new family and given plenty of opportunity to bond with you and any other family members. A puppy that feels confident in its new home will then gradually begin to explore the rest of the world. It should be introduced to people, dogs, birds, other animals, vehicles, noises, strange smells, the howling wind, fireworks etcetera. Let the puppy understand that new things are not dangerous.

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