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  • How do you make an older gunshy dog not gunshy?

    How do you make an older gunshy dog not gunshy?

  • #2
    You do know what they say about teaching old dog new tricks. I have never seen a gunshy dog become comfortable around guns in its old age. Good luck though.

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    • #3
      This is easy. Start off by dropping pots and pans in the kitchen just so the dog and start getting use to the loud noises, (even if you want have a little food the pan so the dog thinks it is to his benefit that the loud noise happened. Once you can tell the dog is not scared anymore. Go and start shooting. While on this training program keep the dog on a leash, if the pup is still a little scared this is where treats come in to play. Every time you shoot toss out a treat. The key thing to training a dog any age is the dog has think they are going to benefit from any and all activities that you want them to perform. Just be patient with the dog and never get frustrated with your dog and start trying to train with anger, this will any worsen the problem. I wish you the best of luck.

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      • #4
        Distance, and a partner. You and your partner spread out as far as you can, one of you with a small bore gun and the other with the dog. Have a shot and see how the dog reacts. Continue at this far distance until the dog doesn't acknowledge the gun shot. Move a little closer and repeat . . . and so on, and so on. Be real patient with this technique. If you push it too far, you could make the dog afraid of that field too and set yourseelf back even further.

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        • #5
          Thanks for all of the advice. I appreciate it.

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          • #6
            I was advised to do this by a professional dog trainer in Ohio and it really worked. When you feed the dog, get a relaxed composure and fire a .22 round as they begin to eat. At first they will shy away. Be encouraging and stay by their food, they will eventually return, repeat firing another round. Do this a time or two and then let them eat. You may need to repeat this for a week or two until the dog becomes comfortable with the report. Then move up to a louder shotgun and do the same routine. (shoot from about 10 feet away and make sure they aren't feeling the muzzle blast). Again, get them accustomed to the noise and let them associate the noise with good times. Pretty soon, they will be impervious to shooting and should be ready to hit the field where you can begin to shoot birds for them to retrieve.

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            • #7
              Agreed with DakotaMan and + 1 for you sir!!!

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