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Thread: Why canít I Gun Break my Dog

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    Default Why canít I Gun Break my Dog

    Iíve tried nearly everything and my dog will not accept the sound of gunfire! What else can I do??

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    How have you approached this so far you just started asking about this dog a few days ago?

    How can you be shooting over it already?

    What have you exposed the dog to so far and how many times

    We need context to answer questions

    This issue is important not to screw up so explain what youíve tried if you have

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    She has been a partner on hunting trips and shooting range trips for the last year. She’s heard guns for a quite a long time. I can’t get her to even except a 22 at ease. She’s been around guns long before I entered this forums. I understand what you were asking though.

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    Are you saying sheís just recently shown fear or never liked it

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    These are good questions. Answer bobman's and I may have a few others. Also, no more trips to the shooting range. Too many variables can happen while hearing the gunshots. My questions are if she's around guns, then she's been exposed to birds? What does she act like if birds are present or she knows they are there? Still scared? Less Scared? I have recently broke 2 dogs that were gunshy. A lab and a shorthair. It took a month for the shorthair cause he was more sensitive but the lab took about 12 days. There are things to try but need more info....
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    You came to the right spot, AFields.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    She’s always never like it. I have taken her along on hunts for barn pigeons that she was no part of I just took her along to get her in the outdoors.

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    Often when she trails along with me on rabbit and pigeon hunts she begins to run the opposite direction when the shooting begins. I’ve never shot while she had a bird on point.

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    Another question for you. If she easily finds pigeons in brush that I hid, will she be able to smell a pheasant and make the connection or will she need additional training?

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    You don't "Gun Break" a dog. Instead you introduce them to the sound and teach them that the shot of a gun leads to positive things. I start my dogs off at 7 weeks of age. First, I have a training pistol, not a 22, but one that shoots the short crimps. I have a helper 80 yds away. As the puppy is diving into his food bowl for his supper, my helper fires off one single shot as the puppy is eating. We do this for one week. The next week we move to a distance of 70 yds, then the next week is 60 yds. Eventually when we get to about 50 yds we stop.

    The next step is to have helper stand at a distance of 80 yds and fire off a single shot at the puppy is running hard for a retrieve. Then we work are way in and continue till the pup is about 4 months. At this time I repeat the procedure on the retrieve with a 20 gauge light load and have the handler about 100 yds away. Then work are way in to 50 yds.

    When the pup is about 5 or 6 months old and ready to begin formal training, I have a dog that knows that the gun shot means retrieve and birds.

    You teach a dog and break a horse. You need to stop what you are doing and begin teaching instead of testing before you ruin the dog completely.
    Last edited by westksbowhunter; 12-10-2018 at 06:09 PM.

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