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Pet gundog training

Discussion in 'Gundogs & Gundog Training' started by vickieb, Jan 31, 2012.


  1. vickieb

    vickieb PetForums VIP

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    Hi all, I was just after picking some brains about gundog training for fun rather than a sport (if that makes sense)

    I have a 14 month old show breed lab and I was interested in some kind of gundog training. Now this is my 1st dog so I know little about things like this so my questions are

    Can you train for fun
    Are show breeds any good
    And how do you get started


    I tried to find info of classes in Harrogate but came with nothing close by.

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. Kinjilabs

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    Yes you can train for fun, your dog will love it:D

    Yes "show" bred dogs are good, all Labs should be able to work:D

    Try asking at Gundog societies for training classes:D
     
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    I says what she says!
    Yes, yes and YES again"!
     
  4. vickieb

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    Good stuff. Will look into it tomorrow :)
     
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    The Gundog Club do training for pet dogs and use positive methods.
     
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    General classes and working tests include dummies only, they're not on cold game, so nothing to worry about on that front. Classes are for general obedience mainly, it just fits around how the dogs work when out on a shoot. If you want any recommendations for your area give me a shout and I'll see if I can pick a few brains for you :)
     
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    I dont usually reccomend training books (probably because I dont read them:D) I did however read in a dog magazine a serialisation of a book called the Pet Gundog by Lez Graham, and it was very good. Apparently she has now Brought out a follow up one according to Grandad on here. He thinks they are good Books too and he actually has Gun Dog Breeds that work in the field I think. However they are aimed at training gun dog breeds who are just pets in a specific way. So that might be something worth looking into.
     
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    Thanks for the link, there is one in Leeds so will contact them.
     
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    I am thinking along the same lines for Boo i.e. fun training and outdoor obedience but at what age can you start? I have been told by friends that she is still too young at 5 months :confused:
     
  12. grandad

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    5 months isn't to young. A lot of gundog trainers now hold puppy classes, so that the owner understands the things they should be doing through puppyhood to enhance instincts that will help with more advanced training at a later stage. One of these is keeping the dog close and walking the dog to heel without using a lead and by using the pups natural instinct to follow you everywhere.
    So I would suggest you find a gundog trainer, have a chat, go along and see a lesson and make your own mind up.
    The other thing about gundog pups, is mixing them with calm older dogs during the socialising period. This teaches them some manners as older dogs either ignore the pup or give it a telling off and use puppy classes for short play periods only. Doing this teaches the pup to be calm and to relax around other dogs.
     
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