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Postby mzombek » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:08 am

Good morning guys. My wife bought a 1 1/2 year old Irish setter. The dog spent her entire life in a pen outside so she doesn’t know any commands. What command should she learn first?
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Re: Most important commands

Postby zrp » Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:38 pm

Here
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Re: Most important commands

Postby oldbeek » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:48 pm

That sounds silly but I have seen dogs sent to a trainer and they do not even know the concept of here, or know their name. Agree, first command is here and I mean now.
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Re: Most important commands

Postby greg jacobs » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:58 pm

This is for the future. Sonny has taught me that the most important command is no command.

Him hunting all day, doing what needs to be done, and I never give a command.
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Re: Most important commands

Postby setterpoint » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:49 am

hear for safety, and when your ready to go hunting or headed home
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Re: Most important commands

Postby mzombek » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:02 am

She does come back when I give here the here command
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Re: Most important commands

Postby Timewise65 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:10 pm

As most others have said, HERE is critical! But is must be taught so that the dog will return on command regardless of what distractions they may have, that is a lot harder than getting a dog to come to you in a calm setting. Get that dog around a crowd of people, or have a deer/rabbit run in front of him/her, think of it like if your dog was hot on the trail of a 'running pheasant' and you notice a barb wire fence right in front of that dog, could you be sure a 'here' command would pull her off that bird and away from the danger?


Aside from that command I think the 'Drop' or 'Leave it' commands are critical for gun dogs! 'Drop' if they pick up something dangerous and leave command to pull them off of a snake or anything on the ground you do not want them smelling or touching....
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Re: Most important commands

Postby polmaise » Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:30 pm

mzombek wrote:Good morning guys. My wife bought a 1 1/2 year old Irish setter. The dog spent her entire life in a pen outside so she doesn’t know any commands. What command should she learn first?

Every one ! ..But one at a time first .!
Imagine a Martian landing in your home and start from there . :wink:
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Re: Most important commands

Postby averageguy » Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:16 pm

I echo Here as the most important command.

Kennel and Hunt Dead are the next two in line in terms of frequency of use and importance with my dogs. Can't smoothly get a dog in and out of a truck, a kennel, a crate without the Kennel command, and hopefully your hunts will yield a recurring need for the Hunt Dead command to recover downed birds.
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Re: Most important commands

Postby Sharon » Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:19 pm

ESpecially important for pups is to NEVER give a command you aren't going to enforce. If you call "Here." and pup doesn't come you must get up and get that pup. This will pay off big time in the future.
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Re: Most important commands

Postby Trekmoor » Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:53 am

I agree with the others that "Here!" is the first command to teach. It should be taught with no strong distractions around to begin with and then with increasingly strong distractions. It should also be taught in as many different locations as possible. Dogs that "Do it fine in the garden or yard" tend to only "do it" in those places.

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Re: Most important commands

Postby Sharon » Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:44 pm

averageguy wrote:I echo Here as the most important command.

Kennel and Hunt Dead are the next two in line in terms of frequency of use and importance with my dogs. Can't smoothly get a dog in and out of a truck, a kennel, a crate without the Kennel command, and hopefully your hunts will yield a recurring need for the Hunt Dead command to recover downed birds.


Agree. "Kennel" is definitely #2
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Re: Most important commands

Postby shags » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:01 pm

I think "Leave it" comes in handy all through a dog's life.

Chewing shoes? Leave it!
Harassing the cat? Leave it!
Running down the driveway after a rabbit? Leave it!
Eating deer poop or rolling on a dead possum? Leave it!

It's good to call a stop to just about anything. I wish I could bottle it :lol:
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Re: Most important commands

Postby Sharon » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:35 pm

Yep. Ties for 2nd place. :)
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Re: Most important commands

Postby polmaise » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:56 pm

Anything other than a command is a request .
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Re: Most important commands

Postby gonehuntin' » Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:10 pm

Two most important commands are NO and HERE. No negotiation on either one.
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Re: Most important commands

Postby JONOV » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:35 am

Here followed closely by "Leave It!"
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Re: Most important commands

Postby ezzy333 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:36 pm

gonehuntin' wrote:Two most important commands are NO and HERE. No negotiation on either one.


This probably is as close as you can come.
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