A new guide has been launched by a dog training and hunting specialist called HuntEmUp. The team explain the new guide is aimed at dog and puppy owners who are dealing with or want to avoid a gun-shy dog, as this is one of the top concerns among hunters.
Read the guide in full at https://huntemup.com/blogs/gun-shyness-dogs-top-concern-among-hunters
The newly launched guide highlights the fact gun shyness is often caused when dogs or puppies are introduced to gunfire in the wrong way. The HuntEmUp team explain that in this situation patience is required to help the affected dog and reverse their thinking pattern and negative associations.
Hunters should take a progressive approach when conditioning their dogs to loud noises explain the team. They add that people can start by making loud noises such as a banging or clapping sound and immediately following up with something good like a treat, reward, or toy. Repeating this pattern will help the dog to associate loud noises with positive rewards.
Hunt Em Up and the team explain the dog in question should be mature, confident, marking well, and excited to retrieve. To begin training a dog, the team recommend starting with a .22 blank, popper, or a #209 primer.
The popper should be placed in a training bag and the individual should pull the trigger as they throw the bumper. The dog may be more interested in the bumper than the pop and will become conditioned over time.
In time, the team explain the trainer should move closer to their dog during the conditioning exercise. When the person is confident their dog is comfortable with the sound of the pop, they can move on to retrieving drills with a .410 shotgun.
A spokesperson said: “When introducing your dog to gunfire, be progressive in your approach and make haste slowly. Being conservative throughout this process is far better than delaying your training – and possibly your hunt – while you overcome gun-shyness.”
To read the guide in full, interested parties are invited to visit the link provided. Alternatively, more details can be viewed at https://huntemup.com.