postoakshorthairs wrote:I assume she's around a year old? I expose my dogs before then but what I have used, and seen used, for an entry is a cap gun...like the toy cowboy pistols at the farm stores with the red caps. They're louder than you think but not to the level of the blank pistols. I always make sure birds are involved when shooting. Let her chase a bird that you flush and shoot when she's a distance away concentrating on the bird. Than you can work your way up. I know some guys start with a long gun from the beginning. JMO
postoakshorthairs wrote:they're usually kept with the actuated concrete guns. Explain that to them and they'll know what your talking about. They're made in different loads to compensate for different concrete nail lengths...so you need the ones for the smallest nails.
Wagonmaster wrote:There are three of four levels of those concrete gun blanks. When I was buying them, there were greens, yellows, and reds, green being the mildest. Use the green. In fact, I am sensitive to the loss of hearing caused by gunfire, having lost some of my own, and having had good hunting dogs that can't hear much when they get up in their teens. So I would suggest that you use the CB caps, also called crimps or acorns. They are little things (.22 caliber), but there is really no need for a big noise out of a blank gun unless you are running in a field trial and the rules require it. When you fire, hold the gun behind you - the side away from the dog - that helps keep the sharp sound level down. The full bore .22's or .32's are just too loud, and hard on the ears, yours and the dog's. Save the dog's ears for hunting.
lvrgsp wrote:I would think the Acorns would work. John the Brown box is the quietest that I have come across, I think they are the number 2, the greens are number 3 yellows are 4. Let us know how it works out.
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