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    teaching an old dog new tricks

    I have a 5 year old Labrador trained to the gun. Would it be possible to train her to track deer?

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    Simple answer is why not. Try her and see. She has shown that she is capable of working as a gundog why not extend her workload.
    All the best with it.

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    Got my lab. from lab.rescue, @ 3 years he had not seen a deer, 9 years on best deer dog ever,hungry lab easy to reward.good luck.

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    Depends on the dog but i dont see why not if it already works on game

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    Thanks guys. Looks like i need to do some reading on the subject and work out a training programme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholiath View Post
    Thanks guys. Looks like i need to do some reading on the subject and work out a training programme.
    Sondergaard's book is the best in english. There are also videos in German that show you what to teach a tracking dog.

    A useful one is from Militzers Meute's shop http://www.bayerische-gebirgsschweisshunde.de

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholiath View Post
    I have a 5 year old Labrador trained to the gun. Would it be possible to train her to track deer?
    In theory yes
    Practicality ...!!!
    All depends on how you want to go about it
    And how you want the dog to work
    Some labs just luv the fresh scent and the whole shooting scene
    Take them out of the environment and they get bored, yes they will follow the scent as long as they are worked free and mark a dead deer by back and forth motions into cover or where ever the deer is lay
    But will not follow a trail when on a leash
    Others will not even be interested in deer
    Try laying a track with fresh deer blood , droplets anout every metre
    About an hour old over a 100 yards in a straight lineish , leave a deer/skin at the end
    See how the dog fairs
    And plenty of praise and encouragement along the track
    With more praise and leaving the dog to do what it wants with the Deer/skin at the end for a few minutes
    Most labs take to it but some don't just like in any breed

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    Stone got it bang on,however some labs will track no probs on a leash,mine all do however it's different as mine have been brought up like that as pups
    As Stone rightly says you may hit it lucky and have one that loves deer but not every lab loves deer work
    As a generalisation and I have no idea why this is but Scottish labs tend to be more deer orientated,don't ask me why.
    I would drag a skin along the ground rather than blood for a start as well,see if it's interested,if not then try blood

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    Thanks for the replies gents

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