• Edward A. Jesson posted a new activity comment 2 days, 4 hours ago

    Brad,

    I have a follow up question now that I’ve been working with him for a few weeks on this.

    As a reminder, I am dealing with a gun shy pointer. He’s finding the planted birds naturally, and holding point pretty well. However, when he (occasionally I) flush the bird he does not chase. This makes it somewhat difficult to fire a shotgun at a distance!

    Any suggestions here? Other than having a second person fire the gun from a long way off?

  • Edward A. Jesson posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    Brad,

    Thanks for taking the time to talk to me the other day about my gun shy pointer. As a quick follow up (to you and to anyone else who might have experience with this!) when letting him be a puppy again, i.e. chase birds, potentially catch a few, is it best for me to be throwing the birds (be it quail or pigeons) or should I let him find planted birds “naturally”?

    • Hello Ed.
      He needs to find planted birds naturally. Good birds that will fly when pressured by the dog. He needs to catch a few. We need to help him forget the negative association he made between hunting and that loud noise. We do this by building drive. When we have him bumping, chasing and having fun again, we begin reassociating the bang (at a distance) at the most exciting time, a split second before he catches a bird. His drive for the bird must be higher than his fear of the gunshot.

      • Brad,

        I have a follow up question now that I’ve been working with him for a few weeks on this.

        As a reminder, I am dealing with a gun shy pointer. He’s finding the planted birds naturally, and holding point pretty well. However, when he (occasionally I) flush the bird he does not chase. This makes it somewhat difficult to fire a shotgun at a distance!

        Any suggestions here? Other than having a second person fire the gun from a long way off?

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