Here we are taking our young German Shorthairs with us out to see the horses and to change the water!
I often get dogs in for training that just don’t get out much. When we talk to our clients about exposure training they often don’t understand the concept. Try and take your dog with you as many places as possible. This way not much new bothers them and we when we start to get to serious training the dog feels comfortable in any scenario that we put them in.
A frequent question I have been receiving is, “When should I start training my bird dog.” My recommendations is this. It starts as soon as your puppy arrives at your home. Your dog needs to know basic obedience and how to be respectful to the people and surrounding it comes in contact with. I would recommend teaching them the basic commands of “Come, Whoa, and No.” I would also recommend that you teach your dog to “Whoa” rather than sit to avoid your bird dog sitting whenever their is pressure on the leash. But most importantly, let your puppy have fun and explore as much as possible. They are just like that wild 2-year-old who wants to see whats around the corner. As far as formal training, I would start them in our Puppy Program between 4-6 months of age.Too often people wait too long and then they have a really great house dog that lacks a desire to be out in the field (Think of it as sending your 16-year-old out to his first job without ever having him do a single job or chore at home…it could be a rough first day of work).Our goal during this month, is to train your puppy to be fearless. We will introduce them to birds,guns, and basic commands. We want them to be excited to be in the field finding birds and happy about the job they are doing. At 9-12 months of age we have your puppy come back for our 60-day formal training program. Our goal is this, if you give us a few months, I will give you a dog that has reached his full potential and who will give you the best hunts of its lifetime.
Hey all just wanted to let you to know we will be writing an article for the Sportsman’s News on a quarterly basis. Check out the pro tips in the July Issue hot off the press at your local Sportsman’s Warehouse! keep an eye out for some great information and some helpful tips!! Remember we started our business as a full time training facility and we still are today first and foremost we love to help build up bird dogs!