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    gun shy dog

    i know,nothing to do with deer but iam after any help going.i have spent the summer training my lab bitch and she has been doing well.introduced her to guns going off, she was fine no problem at all.shes 13mths old now and on thurs i shot a duck for her to pick,she turned, tail between legs and off the other way,anyway on saturday i was picking up on a shoot with my older lab so she came with me and she spent the day on the lead she was fine after the first drive,so good that i let her have a simple retrieve on the last drive.anyway tonite got my gun out of the truck and guess good again.i have not given up with her but i am just looking for any tips.

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    Gun Shy Dogs

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    Hi Mate

    try getting the gun out when you feed her so she sees the gun as something nice lay it infront of her food bowl until she gets used to it then start lifting the gun as if your going to shoot something.

    13 months is a little early to be shooting over her. imho



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    slowly slowly

    I don't know if I was lucky, or whether my approach was what made my dog OK with gunshots. What I did was to walk/play/train him half a mile or so from a clay shoot. Little by little I reduced the distance, he never noticed the guns, as he was more interested in what we were doing. Give it a try, time spent with your dog is rarely wasted.
    Good luck,

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    hi tikka.308 , hav u ever diciplined your lab with a stick i am not saying that u beat it but a freind of mine used a stick to touch the dog when it walked to heal to far ahead that then caused the dog to be weary of the gun as it associated any thing he carried as possible punishment he got rid of the stick time then healed problem solved this time. another thing is i hav found is dogs that are first shot over are diciplined from the word go instead of letting them run in u can always cure running in , these are some of the common problems i hav come across it is sometimes just a process of elimination or she is just not sure of the big sticky thing that makes a lound noise just needs a little reassurence and a bit more time just leave the cartridges behind for a while

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    thanks for everyones help on this one.i seem to have cracked it with her i have been carring a starting pistol with me when we have been out first of all firing it inside my game bag then with it behind my back then gradually holding it in the air bringing the dummy or a tennis ball into play.some days went better than others but you have to be prepared to creep and go.any way started carrying gun but firing the starting pistol and she seemed ok, went out the other day and shot a few pigeons and she was great sat at the side of me in the wood and did a few great retrieves.

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    good going tikka.308
    there should be alot of years happiness to be had from now and a few moments of madness with some embarresment thrown in for good luck

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    thanks stone fingers crossed shes going to be a good one.the work has paid off

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    l got my pups used to loud noises from a young age, l had them in and around my workshop which can be pretty noisy at times with plenty of banging and machinery going, also what l did was when l go for a zeroing session l got the other half to stand well back with them while l had a shot or two reassuring them and praising them and gradually decreased the distance, they are still quite young but know they either go to sleep while this is going on or they are wondering when they will be let of the leads to have a play they do get so excited that to do any obedience training after that is a non starter, anyway just going to start a bit of blood trailing work with them if l can knock over a beast in the next day or two it could interesting, l have never trained a gun/deer dog before so its not only them that's learning

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    cheers monynut,good luck with the blood trailing

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