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    Very good answer Donnie........Bob
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    I would say Phird05 is spot on. Have not had any problems with my GSP and I used the same method he described.

    I would also say training a dog is all about association so you could use whatever word you wanted. I know most people use the standard commands for consistency. Especially when out in the field so others can help when needed (ie dog is running a bird across a road and if you don't see him but your hunting partner does he knows to say "whoa" to stop the dog so he doesn't get hit by a car). If you use other commands new hunting partners might not be able to help save the dog.

    Have fun next season your in for some good times.

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    I don't know if I said this recently but you ALL ROCK!!! I was just sitting here wondering this same question as I have a 3 mo old GSP I just brought home. We have always had German Shepherds non pointing or hunting anyways I have used basic dog commands for their training but was afraid that might be a bad idea so I have have tried to break my bad habit of "no" and use "leave it" which will be of much better use in the field next year seems to work well. Anyways is there any where I can go and get a list of commands and terms used for pointers because like i said I am clueless. Thanks

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    Ok I will try. I may have to edit this a few times so keep an eye on it. 3 month old puppy, take it slow and no pressure just let him get use to doing it. If you can make a game of it.

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    "here/come" I also use this command for when it retrieves a bird to bring it to me.
    "steady/whoa" for when on point or you want to make him stay on point. Or if it gets to far a head and you want to catch up.
    "Drop" if you want him to hand you the bird
    "Fetch
    a "go hunting" signal. I use "find the bird" I know it is more than one word. But he gets the message. I also use it when I shoot a bird he don't see drop. Some hunters use "dead" when this happens, but I just don't like the sound of that.
    I would use a whistle along with my voice. In the field your voice gets lost quick a whistle works much better. I short blast for come one long blast for whoa. whatever you want to use. As you give the command by voice-quickly blow the whistle. That way the dog will associate the whistle with the voice command.


    For Home Use

    "Sit". There are those that are going scream you never have a pointer sit. But after a hunt, I want to check his ears and eyes real close for seeds and things. I bought one of those special tip lights like a Vet uses at the Drug Store. When he is sitting nice and quiet it is easy to get the job done. Do it now as a puppy, they like the attention and it will get them use to the idea of you handling, poking and looking at them.
    "Your leave it command"
    "Get it done" This a special command I use. It is to tell the dog "go potty" As a puppy go outside with the dog and keep telling it this command. So it will be going potty on command. It is useful or trips, you stop at a rest area. You take the dog out of the vehicle give the command and it go's for you.
    "Outside" asking the dog to go out and go potty.
    "Kennel" this a duel purpose command. I have my dog cage trained and I would strongly recommend it. Plus he has a 5x10 kennel in the back yard. Cage training is really good, I have a cage in my SUV and one in the House. No muddy seats, when its "bed time" they sleep in the cage. It turns into a safe haven for them if never used it for punishment. I leave the cage door open in the day time and my dog will go in there and take a nap at times. I use this "Kennel" command also when I want the dog to jump up into his crate in my SUV. I might add; my dog loves to go to bed, when clock chimes 9:00 in the evening, he will automatically walk to back door. I let him out, when he comes back in. He goes to and gets into his crate and waits for me. He never closes the door when he comes into the house. I then go to him and close the gate, he is done for the day.

    That is all I can think of now I will come back to it if I think of more.

    One more thing now is the time to start breaking for gun shyness. I do it this way. The home is private no banging on pans and that crap. I got a .22 blank starters gun. It fits in my back pants pocket. Start taking it along for play runs a field. When the dog gets out 15-20 yards reach in your pocket a fire one shot. Behind your back and do NOT let the dog see the gun. The dog will most likely look around and come back to you. This is very IMPORTANT. Do nothing and say nothing just keep walking like nothing happened. The dog will see you are Ok and take off again. A bit later do it again, the shot and nothing. No more than 3 shots per outting/run. Keep doing it until the dog just looks at you and/or keeps on running. You then know the dog is gun broke. That would be the time to get a larger cal. pistol and some blanks and get it use to louder bangs........Bob
    Last edited by bobeyerite; 02-07-2010 at 01:44 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donnie_19 View Post
    Whoa is used for horses to stop.
    And Pointers!

    I use NO and Whoa and both of mine have no problem deciphering what each means.

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