By Jemma Clifford
Monday, 16 July 2012
How do you go about introducing your spaniels to the sound of gunfire, and at what age?
From experience I usually use a starting pistol with a young dog but never until they are 12 months or over - that being said there is always an exception to this depending on the dog.
The important thing is to never start too near the dog, and always make sure you do things gradually.
I begin by letting the dog hunt away from me and when it’s at a fair distance fire a shot from the pistol, instantly throwing a dummy as I do so.
At this stage I’m not trying to get the dog going straight to the dummy without stopping, I merely want it to associate the bang with an enjoyable retrieve; in other words a positive experience.
As you progress the distance gets gradually shorter and the next tranche of training begins.
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