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can you unruin a dog?

I have a two year old Brittey that i adopted as a pup and I think i messed her up! this is my first dog ive tried to train so i kinda figured this might happen lol.. We dont get to work much couse i work 70hr weeks out in the oil patch.when she was younger shed fetch for me out in the yard and in the house but now i cant get her to chase any thing and when im out in the field she will start out good by getting out in front and running but in les than 20mins shes right by my side and wont just run. Last year when i had her out shye would tay out and just run and stay out in front or out away looking for birds but then when we where out in pasture with cows she would start running for them i called to stop her she never slowed so i gave her a warning sound from her coler nothing so i gave her a quick zap as i yelled stop at her that stopped her she worked good after that until she flushed a covey of quil and i shoot over her. she stooped came back to me no big deal i thought now as soon as i start shooting heavy she qiuts too. mybe some of yall can help me go about correcting these problems...i know ive done lots of this in the wrong way but hopefully i ca learn from my mestakes....sorry if it just kinda rambels im not good at writting asnd stayin focused to well on one thing lol
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It sounds like there was no

It sounds like there was no formal introduction to birds in any way. Did you do any training before taking her hunting? a lot of guy's swear the best way is to just take a dog hunting. Does not sound like she has any idea why she's out there, that's why she get's intrested in cows. I don't think turning her around would be to hard but it would require time and birds. You need to make sure there are plenty of birds down in a training field where she doesn't need to look real hard but still must look a bit. That should get her going out looking for birds. If she doesn't, then get her in the yard and pull the flight feather's on a piugeon and hobble the legs then just throw it on the ground for her and let it be. If swhe actually get's the bird try to call her to you. If she won't come, ease her in with the 20' check cord that should be on her. get her going that way and then back out into the field. have some bvirds planted for her and if she doesn't go looking for them, toss a hobbled pigeon with the flight feather's pulled into some cover. You shouldn't have to much trouble and you don't really need to spend that much time doing it. 15 or 20 min's should get you started. Once you have her looking for birds, if you have enough wild birds aroung, you might try just taking her out again. Don't shoot anything she doesn't handle well. Next spring start in again in the training field with pigeons.

 

I should add, your dog is not ruined. don't give up her. If you need help, there's probably someone near you that can help.

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Training a Brittany

I was just curious, are Brittanies supposed to retrieve? I thought they were just supposed to flush the birds. We have a male Brittany who turns 2 this month, but haven't taken him out hunting yet because I'm terrified he will just take off running. He is hard headed and doesn't listen when he is outside, but he has energy for days. I mean, this dog can RUN. And he shows interest in birds, but I wouldn't even know where to start with training him to go hunting. Also, just out of curiousity, is your Brittany spayed, and if not, would you be interested in breeding her with ours?

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I should also mention that

I should also mention that we're in the Las Cruces, NM area.

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Not flusher's

caitieschro wrote:

I was just curious, are Brittanies supposed to retrieve? I thought they were just supposed to flush the birds. We have a male Brittany who turns 2 this month, but haven't taken him out hunting yet because I'm terrified he will just take off running. He is hard headed and doesn't listen when he is outside, but he has energy for days. I mean, this dog can RUN. And he shows interest in birds, but I wouldn't even know where to start with training him to go hunting. Also, just out of curiousity, is your Brittany spayed, and if not, would you be interested in breeding her with ours?

 

You have the wrong inpression of the Britt. They are not flushing dog's, they are pointing dogs. Wish I knew someone down there to give you a hand, but I don't. They will run from just out of gun range to out of sight! That's all ok if you don't5 mind looking for her. Usually Britt's won't run that big though without being encouraged to.