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Posted by Crystal on 3/1/2017 to Training Tips
This month we will be talking about obedience commands and why they are the foundation for performance in the field. Basic obedience commands; WHOA (Pointers)/SIT (flushers/retrievers), NO, HERE or COME, HEEL, KENNEL and DOWN are the tools that give us the ability to become the “pack leader”. It starts immediately when you bring that young pup into your home and life. 

There are four things you must keep in mind in teaching your pup basic obedience commands:
Be consistent
Be insistent
Be persistent
Be patient, patient, patient 

You are going to establish a set of rules for your pup. Decide where he eats and sleeps, which areas of your home are off limits, if the pup will be allowed on furniture or not, etc. All family members must be on board with the rules as consistency is a must. Consistency applies not only to the administration of the rules but to the commands used to enforce those rules. Simple one word commands, as shown above, should be used. All family members must use the same commands. Different words for the same command will confuse your pup. 

Next, you must make sure the pup performs the command once it is given. You may have to “walk the pup” through the command. Never be forceful, scare, or hurt your puppy to get a response. Use a lure of a treat or a toy to help you out. If you give the pup a command and he ignores it and you “blow it off”, guess what happens? He thinks he’s in charge, not you! So, you must persist in teaching your pup to respond to your commands.

Lastly, you must be patient with your pup. Just like us humans, some dogs learn faster than others. So patience, and plenty of it, is important in teaching our pups a command. Use plenty of praise when pup responds correctly even if somewhat sloppy in the beginning. Be “short and sweet” on correction. This will build confidence in your pup, which will pay huge dividends in future, more advanced training. 

There are plenty of books and videos on teaching obedience as well as more advanced training. Do your research and pick a couple with which you relate well. Once you choose “your bible” be consistent, insistent and persistent in applying the methods to your pup. Don’t rush things. Make sure puppy understands one command thoroughly before proceeding to the next. PATIENCE, PATIENCE, PATIENCE my friend.

CJ & Shawnee


Posted by Crystal on 2/9/2017 to General
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Posted by Crystal on 2/1/2017 to Training Tips
This month we are going to discuss the importance of proper puppy socialization. When I bring the topic up with new clients, who have their first bird dog pup, many understand the term but are unaware of its importance in the overall training process. . .


Posted by Crystal on 1/1/2017 to Training Tips
First of all, Happy New Year! Wow, where has the year gone?! It seems to me as I get older and am starting to slow a bit, the years speed up and go by faster and faster. That really applies to the bird hunting season. . .


Posted by Crystal on 12/1/2016 to Training Tips
Yikes! Your dog just got sprayed by a skunk. 

If you are an avid bird hunter, at one time or another, your dog will encounter a skunk in the field. Now what do you do? Well, this month we are going to discuss just what to do if that happens. First, I am going to give you a formula for cleaning your dog. Then we will describe how to apply the solution on your dog. . .