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Is there any way to train an old dog not to be gun shy?

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I always took my dog out with a pellett gun and no other people to start. I then several weeks later took a .22 caliber and worked on him getting used to that. when you shoot act normal and he will watch your reaction and if you do not act scared he will learn to accept the noise. make shooting a gun a positive thing and maybe give him a treat after you shoot. I then worked my way up to a shotgun from there and repeated the process.

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Is the dog gun or noise shy to start with?

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Good ?. He doesn't seem to mind thunder, but hates 4 th of July. He does have very sensitive ears(as far as touching them) Have to be very careful scratching his ears.

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Redrider,

Clap your hands hard about 5 or 6 feet from him with him looking at you. Does it startle him?

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Not at all, he just sat there.
My son has a toy gun that shoots out soft ping pong size balls. It makes a startling noise. He was not bothered by that noise either. He actually went to the glass door looking for squirrels. I think the gun sounded like the GAMO pellet gun I use to keep the squirrels away from the house. He really likes chasing those squirrels. Any sounds like a fire cracker or gun sends him into the next county.

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Sound's to me like a man made problem. We are talking about this same thing on another forum and one guy mentioned a good suggestion.

Take a cap gun into a back room and fire it. Immediately call the dog back and give it a treat. The idea is that the dog learn's to accociate the noise with a treat. I would guess that it will take awhile and you have to make the transition to a gun at some point. But don't try it until the dog come's looking for the treat without being called.

I would say it's good advice even tho I've never tried it. First it makes sense and secondly, I have a good deal of respect for the guy that wrote it. If you try it, let us know how it goes.

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I'll see what I can do Thumbs up

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