tailcrackin wrote:where you at in va? Would be happy to try and show you somethings to help. Thanks Jonesy
Bird shy is without a doubt the hardest thing to work with because there is no reward for the dog at the end of the day. When gun shy you always have the prey drive to use but this is tough.
pschweitzer wrote:Some more info. I live on 5+ acres and Jamie's had a lot of freedom to move about in the grass and woods. He likes to chase squirrels and song birds and I do have to restrain him when the deer are out (I am covered with them out here), so in general he never has shown signs of being timid of smaller animals (he actually gets along better with smaller dogs). I have played the "wing on a string" game with him (one of his favorite games. he'll go outside and sit in from of the cane poll until I play with him) and even used a frozen chukar to help get him use to the scent and size of the bird. The preserve I took him to has a sporting clay area that is pretty active, but, although he was curious about the noise he did not flinch or cower at the gunshut. Needless to say when he froze up behind me at the site of a live bird I was shocked and stumped.
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