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waterfowl dog training

I have a wirehaired griffon that loves the water and loves to fetch. She is just getting started into pheasants and so far has been great. I was wondering what the next step would be to make her a good waterfowl dog. any suggestions?

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Re: waterfowl dog training

Water Dog, I believe that's the name of the DVD about training your dog to retrieve. Some good training tips for someone new to training. I'm sure there are better videos out there.

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Welcome to BGH!

I'm not real familuar with the Griffon's and how much cold they can stand. Where do you live? I'm guessing what you really want is a hunting dog that fetches ducks. Been a long time since I worked with a duck dog and then mostly ny own. The most important thing I found was that the dog fecthed what it was sent after. If your hunting from a blind, the dog needs to learn to be still. Hopefully a retriever guy will get on here and help you out. Don't be shy about posting photo's of your dog!

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I live in SW Michigan, but cold water doesnt bother her at all. I attached a photo of her.

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That is one of the dogs I want real bad! My buddy has one and though she is not a hunter, she still "gets it" when she goes out with us!

From all accounts, they are reall close behind chessies & labs as a cold weather water dog. They have a super undercoat beloes that wire hair!!

NICE LOOKING PUP! In love

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And actually, they are one of the top rated versitile dogs as well! You should have no problem with basic retrieving stuff if she is already got the upland stuff down. She has the basics and OB, the retrieving is a cake walk from there!

I am trying my lab at everything, and it does get tougher for her to sit in a blind after being free to roam at upland hunting!

Be firm with her. Teach her to turn off the energy when you say so.

I personally think that waterfowl training is WAY easier than the upland stuff, the toughest thing for us was her energy and calming her down like I mentioned. It is just hard for her to have to sit and be quiet, and sometimes for so long! She knows the difference now though and is doing real well!

Early morn in the blind:

But of course jumping to the door when she heard a rooster cackle!! Duh

OH, and she is one heck of a fishergal!! (Ok, ok so she dozes off on duty sometimes!!! LOL!)

She goes to elk camp with us

She loves the snow and cold!

But of course her fav is still...

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Yea she is a great dog and is a big love bug, my parents spoil her i think that may be her problem. I try and be firm with her then once she gets in the house its all cuddling. I think i just need to get her out in a blind and just call some geese and ducks in and see how she responds. But if you are thinking about getting a griffon i would definitely do it. they are great dogs!

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Great pics, Heavyc. Especially the one of her face covered in snow Thumbs up

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Probably the best advice I can give is getting basic obedience down pat.
Sit till told to move, come when called and heel are the corner stones to any retrievers training and essential to any bird dogs safety.

After that, basic marking, essentially seeing a bird drop and going straight out and back on a retrieve.
Handling would be next, getting your dog a fallen bird, that it did not see fall with hand signals.
Most of the rest are simply refinements of the above.

Complete these tasks and you will have a dog that will get the job done 98% of the time.

If you are not interested in tests or trials, "Retriever Training, A Back to Basics Approach", by Robert Milner is better than Wolters books in my opinion.

Friend has a german wire hair, he's a great little retriever. A tough little guy.

My pups;

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Thanks for the help, I'm working with her on retrieving two different dummies in the water and she is doing well. She does the basic commands pretty well but gets distracted easy. Ill keep working with her. Thanks again guys.

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