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Lab does not want to hunt for the gun...

Old 10-30-2009, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by huntrfishr View Post
First be thankful that the dog can find and flush birds.This is the first and most important quality of a good hunting dog.Now you want him to like hunting with you.
Usually the better their nose is, the harder to keep them in check hunting close because when they go in they already know there is that bird there. Training them to be close while walking on the field can help but you have to give them freedom to follow that scent also.
One of my best flushing dog who is 16 yrs old and still hunts used to flush grouse way far off while I ride the ATV.It took a lot of planted game and shooting at the ones next to me even when the dog was not there, that it dawned to my dog that being close to the shot(which is me) is where it counts, not just flushing.Somehow you have to make your dog like to hunt with you but you don't want him watching all your moves and depending on you all the time.One thing that worked for me, whenever you hunt game planted by you for training, start the dog away from the game and if he takes off, go to where the game is planted and call, as soon as he is close enough try to flush the game yourself and shoot it for him. This association reinforces the hunting together as a pack and works for most dogs, but unfortunately not all.Some are so independent having very good nose that your best recourse is to have good legs to catch up to them.They bred them that way for years to compete in field trials.
Anyway I hope some of this helps.

very good info.you become the PACK LEADER and your dog will hunt with you.after that, its nice day hunting not worrying where your dog is, no collars and no worry on if dog is lost or to far out.
i can go into area with my lab and not worry if he is lost out ahead .he looks for me.thats greatest thing i feel a dog should have.

i could care less if he is best grouse dog or best nose etc.
most important thing is hunting dog that STAYS WITH YOU.
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