Google+

How to Train Your Future Hunting Partner

With the springtime comes the planting of food crops as well as a host of other property maintenance issues. But as the crops are planted, the hunter searches for a cute little creature that’s a necessity when heading into the next hunting season.

That puppy is essential for some when it comes to almost any hunting sport. So while the landowner is doing their thing to make sure the herds are filling up on protein and achieving maximum health, the hunter takes on the very important job of finding the perfect puppy best suited for what sport they wish to participate in.

Although the avid bird hunter searches for the German Shorthair or the English Pointer, when it comes to hunting antler sheds it is the Labrador Retriever that still wins out. Various breeds can do the job, but after a great deal of time and research it is the Lab that seems to own the qualities made for shed hunting.

When selecting your puppy prospect, it is difficult enough to walk in like the strong, unemotional type. Why is that? Because no matter who you are, falling in love with the playful puppy is almost automatic. The things to look for in a true hunting

Image: Ducks Unlimited

Image: Ducks Unlimited

partner, however, IS that playful quality. You want that vivid, excited puppy that is absolutely crazy about playing with balls or squeaky toys. You want the one that chases after almost everything – energy is key.

Training only works with the puppy when positive reinforcement is given. The hunter needs that confident dog, and simply yelling or ordering doesn’t work. Just because a dog is a German Shepherd doesn’t mean he speaks German, so a special language of movements, tones and signals must be built between the two of you so the dog understands what’s being asked of him/her.

No matter what type of puppy you choose, when it comes to training, obedience is the first step. Puppies are like five-year-olds; they don’t know the rules, they need to be taught the rules in a manner that is kind, encouraging and one they completely understand. If this future hunter is going to be a domesticated house dog, make sure the dog completely understands what’s expected in and out of the house. Once the puppy begins to understand the commands, that is when the treats are provided.

They remember correct behavior when it comes to the food being given. Like a five-year-old who loves that ice cream cone when they are good in the store, the puppy will also learn the ways of the world and begin to do everything you want him/her to do because of the treat they know they’ll receive from doing it well. When the puppy does not do what you want, pick a negative tone or word that is like a signal to the puppy that they’ve done wrong. This tone will stick in their minds and they will learn what’s right and what’s wrong much faster.

Training your puppy in short sessions is best, seeing as that their attention span is not fully focused and a long session will simply turn into a failure and not a success. Once the basics are learned, the category of obedience can be set aside as you enter the retrieving training.

Fetch is still the number one way to train a puppy, not to mention scent training that will allow the puppy to understand as they grow up what animal’s scent they are trying to distinguish. Believe or not, a dog is able to smell a drop of blood in a fifty-five gallon barrel of water, so just as it is with the bomb-sniffing canines on the police force, your puppy needs to be taught what smell they must be alerted to out in the woods.

Once these categories are handled, it’s time to train the puppy to search. Once you have taught the puppy what scent they are attempting to find, the basic game of hide-and-seek will allow the puppy to search out that scent. It’s very important to note that the old techniques of choke collars and basic harassment do not train the dog. A cowardly dog that’s frightened of pain is not going to have the confidence to be a hunting dog.

Setting up these controlled hunts allows the puppy to have fun while learning how to find the antler shed in a quick and easy way.

Always remember, to find a good hunting dog is not a challenge. The burden is on your shoulders to bring out all the qualities and instincts they already have just waiting to be released. Caring for that puppy will not only give you the ultimate partner, but will also give you the one thing that’s absolutely priceless – an incredibly loyal and loving best friend by your side.

www.SportsmansLife.com

Entertainment

Top Ten DVD List for August 22, 2017

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams Top Ten DVD List for August 22, 2017                       Nova: Poisoned Water [Flint, Michigan Expose'] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071HG59CK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 [Marvel Comics Superheroes … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period … [Read More its Good For You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017

  Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017 by Amy Lignor   The term ‘meteoric rise’ usually applies to something fun. Think: A Hollywood actor who has been ‘discovered.’) Unfortunately, when it comes to this article, ‘meteoric rise’ is something that will not bring a smile to one’s face. To put it simply, if you wish to refinance … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

Girls Trip! Head to South Louisiana for Food, Fishing, and Culture

  Girls Trip! Head to South Louisiana for Food, Fishing, and Culture By Craig Lamb Ah, the New Orleans French Quarter. The sound of jazz coming from Preservation Hall. The taste of fresh beignets and café au lait at Café du Monde. Art galleries and shopping. French, Creole and Cajun cultures. It all has the makings of a girl’s getaway … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

“X” Marks the Spot for Deer Hunting in Kansas: Welcome to Xtreme Hunts

  “X” Marks the Spot for Deer Hunting in Kansas: Welcome to Xtreme Hunts   If you are looking to dive into a quality deer hunting experience in the state of Kansas, Xtreme Hunts is the place to go. Trophy whitetail deer hunts is what this company is all about. Being established in 2011, the company first came to be in Kansas because of the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

College Football Arriving Soon!

  College Football Arriving Soon! by Amy Lignor   Ask any college football fan and they will tell you that it seems like an eternity waiting for the season to begin. But, have no fear, the kick-off to the college season is almost here, with Colorado State and Oregon State hitting the field on Saturday, August 26th at 2:30 p.m. ET. On … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation

  Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation by Amy Lignor   Many people love taking a cruise. But it is the river cruise on that glorious steamboat that not only offers all the benefits a big ocean liner offers, but also creates a more personalized, intimate vacation experience. It is a unique recipe: being able to witness … [Read More its Good for You...]