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Training a dog for hunting

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Robhalex, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Robhalex

    Robhalex Engaging Member

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    I've gt a 9 month old whippet cross terrier. Would love it if I could take her hunting but would she be a help or a hindrance?

    What kind of things would she need to be trained to do?

    She only knows the basics. Sit. Paw. Come.
     
  2. Tripleteer

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    Being a cross between two well known rabbiters It would most likely scare everything away before you got to it, IMHO. Atb Paul.
     
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    What you wanting to hunt with your dog rat rabbit fox are you planing to use it in the day time or for Lamping
     
  4. Accuspell

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    What on earth is 'paw'?

    Sit = sit. And that means sit until you are told to do something else. That obviates the need for a second command of 'stay' - sit means that as well. Reinforced by a raised hand - so at range you don't have to shout, just raise your hand. Job done.

    Return to whistle - and hand signals. Outstretched hands = return.

    Lie down is a useful one - once sat, draw a line on the ground in font of th edog, from its front feet forwards - so it lies down.

    After just 18 months I now have some control of my bedlington whippet with EYE CONTACT only - he knows my various looks and a just a whisper is all I need. Out rabbiting with ferrets or bushing up - he goes on his own, out with the rifle, he doesn't chase everything, he will put a squirrel in a tree though, unless he catches it. Don't listen to the neersayers - a lurcher is a brilliant companiion and ideal for this game. They are so intelligent they can tell the difference between shotgun and rifle and air rifle and behave accordingly.

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  5. Elk hunter

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    I've a boarder collie who is now 11 years old comes to work and play since he was 8 months old. Now he's no hunting dog I admit but great company while out. Awsome deer stalking dog because he follows every move I make, stops when I do and even crouches down if I do so.
    My point is the dog does not have to fetch and carry to be a hunting dog in my opinion. As long as its obedient and is enjoys being out with you, I don't think you can ask much more.
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    Similar Andrew - early warning, better eyesm, ears and winding ability than I have. She 'points' by becoming erect - ears up, nose sniffing the air - just trying to tell me there is something up ahead, look harder dad, it is there!

    I have noticed on the hill that I can get away with murder with the dog too - crawling down an opposite face of a fell with the dog close by, deer that are in full view, at range, I have managed to clear open ground without lifting them. Maybe they think she is a small deer? I don't know, but it has worked on a number of occassions.

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    I have a little Border Terrier that goes everywhere with me and will sit in a hide all day with no complaints and picks up any not so dead woodies and brings them back to hand,unlike the misses who does nothing but complain and talk all day and can't run very fast lol.
     
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    Its a learning curve, for both you and her. Lots of patience will be needed a good dog is definately a valuable asset. You will only get out of her what you put in. good luck and enjoy.
     

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