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tips on getting my lab back to hunting

with having a 2 month old my lab did not get to go out hunting last year. She was started and got on a few birds. She is going to be 3 in august.

How can I get her back to hunting mode again. We can go in the woods and she stays at about 30 yards but if there is a bird i can tell by watching her tail and move up quicker.

What are some tricks to get her back to 20 yards?

How can I get her to "find the bird" again and focus while in the field.

I thought about just getting her a check chord for a while. She is obedient and listens to commands so i figured i could also try just whoaing her to get her to stay back and be a close working dog. She is an amazing hunter with an amazing nose, but not so sure she is focusing on birds anymore. I don't want to leave her out to try this season and get her back to being a hunting dog and not just a family pet.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2013, 08:31 PM
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Re: tips on getting my lab back to hunting

Take her out and hunt her. Maybe spend some time training on planted birds. A good hunting dog will have the desire to produce game for you and will learn through repeat exposure where it needs to be for you to be successful and therefor her to be able to retrieve game. A good hunting dog cooperates and hunts for you not for itself. It is no different than not shooting birds that a pointing breed does not hold point on for you to flush. If you shoot birds that the dog busts it won't be long before your pointer will be a flusher. All that said I don't think thirty yards is a huge problem as long as you are able to recognize when the dog is "birdy" so you can close the distance for the shot.
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Re: tips on getting my lab back to hunting

Start with wings to see her intensity lots of praise and remember they do most of what we teach them by instinct not because we all are great trainers good luck
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Re: tips on getting my lab back to hunting

Birds, birds, and more birds.

Pick up some chuckar and run your dog on them. If the dog is broke on the gun then shoot a few over him. Repeat as much as you can.

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Re: tips on getting my lab back to hunting

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Start with wings to see her intensity lots of praise and remember they do most of what we teach them by instinct not because we all are great trainers good luck
How would you work a 3 year old lab with wings?
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