Brought home a 7 week old chocolate lab. Dog has been great, I have had him for one week and he pretty much has the house training down already. I have been playing fetch with him lately and he is already retrieving sticks to hand. When shall I start on birds? Or if anyone knows a professional trainer in Michigan, or a way to somehow find one please let me know. I am excited to get him going just to see what he is capable at such a young age.
I haven't shot around the pup yet, but it seems he is surprised by loud noises, for example a vacuum cleaner. Is there any way I can get him used to loud noises so as not to frighten him when i take him out using a shot gun?
I start pups at 49 days like old timer I am. BUT see no reason why,if dog has OB training, you can't start at beginning and go from there. might never be a FT champ but for ducks and upland I'd give it a try esp since you are already attached to the dog.Heck- maybe it's been waiting 2yrs for you to start. get some birds and see it's reaction and go from there.
I like to get a pup in Dec so I can get all the house/ob/ bonding issues out of way before spring- then when weather turns- we're out de door- I use Wolter's plan old but good- mix in some Tri tronics/Dobbs-Astrong dose Of Mike Stewart/Milner/Barlow and then in late May Intro to water and in June or so I take them out to GF for bird intro- They go fishing with me all the time and we work on boat /dekes/etc when fishing is slow.I have a small farm and near by ponds- being retired gives me lots of time to work them- last night we were working on one of our Duck Boats and they wanted in- heck it's theirs as much as mine.Plan works well and pup can hunt ducks/ upland at 9mos in fall-
As for play toys--only one my dogs ever have is a KONG-it's theirs and i never try to get them to give it to me nor take it from them BUT no throwing sticks- no frizbies- no play crapola- affection yes- and oh yea- I would never subject any Hunting dog of mine to wearing a BANDANA! NEVER!
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...