Joe Amatulli wrote:By the way a 6 mo. old pup is way to young to shot over
Joe Amatulli wrote:Normally that would be correct but, you all ready have a dog that is showing signs of gun shyness and none of the foundation work that should have been done missing, so you can not take a chance on getting it wrong. You will only get one shot at this if the dog does become gun shy it is almost impossible to fix. No short cuts here, take your time. You can also reinforce the pleasure by giving the dog the birds head, and even the hole bird this will also help with his desire. Make it as nice an experience as you can and it should all work out.
wardensedge wrote:I took the dog into a group of wild birds just to run him and let him play. He went nuts went on point 10+ times in a 400 yard walk. The birds are heavy in this area. It is CRP and poop and feathers are everywhere where this field buts up to a crop field. We saw 40 birds I bet. One gun and one shot. I took off running and he followed right up. The bird was crippled and he took the path the bird did but it was dry and I knew it would be hard to get too. The guy I had shooting never misses except when I really needed him to kill of course. This was before I read about the blanks. The dog flinched a little but nothing like before. The dog was around gun shots before I took him out and never ahd a problem. I never shot anything in front of him but shot around him a lot. No problem then all of a sudden I duck guys shoot over us and he became this way. Back to the CRP he ran hard and would go on point I would walk in front of him and he would hold it. After kicking around a little I knew the birds ran so I said ok. He smelled and smelled to the point at which he layed down and crawled under the CRP looking for them and did not want to call off but would. He retrieves naturally and likesto pick things up. Dead pheasants as well he loves it. I need to tie the two together I know. But with this area of wild birds keep taking him shoot blanks? My neighbor has pigeons too and I have an electonic bird release that I can work too. Shoot blanks? Take a shotgun an shoot what he points? Shoot blanks after I flush them and let him chase? Or avoid these wild birds that are going to run like crazy and go to pigeons in a different area or place birds in this CRP? And if I do that do I shoot the pigeons or placed birds once I walk out in front of him to flush or flush behind him and shoot when he is chasing? Just me and him and forget the friend? A lot of questions I know but I know how delicate this is so I am asking. Thanks for the help I have put a lot of work in him and just never thought he would be gun shy. Holding points and other things I was way more worried about but he is a champ with that. I shot around him thought it was covered but guess not. Never had a gunshy dog kinda freaking me out.
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