I sincerely would like to choke the daylights out of the person who came up with that "shoot or bang pots while they eat" nonsense. Thats frightened more pups than its ever helped.
Forget the pot banging ect. Its unreliable some dogs it works some it doesn’t.
Never ever ever shoot a gun around any dog especially a pup unless the pup is intent on a bird after having a lot of exposure to birds. Or if a retriever it should be crazy about retrieveing dummies before the gun is introduced.
I've posted this before, its something I sent a kid awhile back.
Heres how to proceed there are still pockets of pheasants in Ill. good places to find them are near city limits where hunting is not allowed near corn fields or find some landowner that has some birds are necessary. If you can locate roosts by watching big corn fields at dusk thats where you should get the dog into birds. Lots of birds.
Now you need to start over
1)First put the gun away, then work the dog for a while on birds at least a couple weeks, get her birdy really talk her up after the flush with no gun shots, just work her on birds until she really shows she knows whats a bird is and is really birdy with great excitement. If she chases flushed birds thats good let her, in fact encourage it, let her know that finding and chasing birds is really a good thing.
2)then do the same thing for a week or two ( a lot of bird contacts and points )with the gun and no shells, let her get used to the sight of the gun until she ignores it and focuses completely on the birds.
3) then with a 22 rifle and the weakest blanks available, start shooting after the flush when shes chasing and really keyed up, shoot just once use a single shot bolt action 22 rifle,not a pistol, point the muzzle away from her and shoot only when shes really focused and chasing the flushed bird.
4) Shoot only once every two or three birds for the first week, until she pays no attention to it at all.
5) If she shows any fear or uncertainty go back to just bird work until she is focused on the birds again.
6)after she shows no sign of hearing the 22 with the light blanks shoot a pheasant use only one shot use a light load and make that shot count this part is important because she has to see the bird fall at the instant the shot occcurs, if you have her drive up that will overcome any residual fear she may have.
7) this fall only hunt her by yourself and try to never shoot more than once, do not hunt with multiple people
After a season she should be OK but I would be cautious even second season
You owe it to her, shes just confused and you made her that way, so please try to fix her.
Good luck take it slow birdiness is everything,
I don't allow gunshots around my dogs without birds present, even my older well broke dogs, not ever.
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on Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:17 am, edited 1 time in total.