• Edward A. Jesson posted a new activity comment 10 months, 1 week 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 d…[Read more]

    • Hello Ed,

      I release birds in the field. Then I leave and wait at least 10 minuted for the birds to settle. I release the dog. and follow him toward the birds. DON’T go to the dog!!! Stay away at least 100 yards and be quiet. When he finds the bird, leave him alone. He may point. If he does, just wait as long as it takes him to decide to flush the…[Read more]

  • Edward A. Jesson posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 year 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…[Read more]

    • 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…[Read more]

      • 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 d…[Read more]

        • Hello Ed,

          I release birds in the field. Then I leave and wait at least 10 minuted for the birds to settle. I release the dog. and follow him toward the birds. DON’T go to the dog!!! Stay away at least 100 yards and be quiet. When he finds the bird, leave him alone. He may point. If he does, just wait as long as it takes him to decide to flush the…[Read more]

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