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Old 12-03-2010, 08:42 AM   #1
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Is anyone familiar with training a dog that looks for deer horns? And are there any breads that are better or worst (I prefer not to have a lab) What about a border collie? or a border collie aussie mix?
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:52 AM   #2
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any dog would be good as long as it likes to run in the woods with you labs are the best but you can train any dog to do it really.
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:04 AM   #3
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perfect. Thanks so much
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:06 PM   #4
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So I am getting my border collie at the end of april...I researched a few different ways of doing it. Anyone have a method that worked for them or know who it worked for...
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:02 AM   #5
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I've trained all three of my labs to find antlers and have trained 2 other dogs as well.

It's actually pretty easy. First you get the dog interested in chasing and holding the antler. It's much easier with a retriever breed but you can teach the collie, they are super smart. You will need a few antlers to accomplish this task.

After they are interested I place them on the bare ground and just walk around the yard telling the dog to "find the antlers". When they come upon it and pick it up...I make a huge deal about it...telling the dog how good they are and getting really excited.

From there you put the antler in longer grass and work them on the downwind side so they can smell it.

From there you can find even longer grass, put it under leaves, cover it slightly with dirt....get creative here you know your area moreso that I do. If you are going to look on the edges of cornfields for instance, make sure you put the antler under some corn stalks. You get the idea.

Here's the most important thing I've found. I always handle the antlers with rubber gloves on. That keeps the human scent off the antlers. I also will wipe them down with paper towels when I am done and even spray scent killer on the antler itself. It doesn't kill the antler scent so don't worry.

Good luck. Have fun. The more fun you make it for your dog, the better.

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