How To Train Dogs For Hunting
How do you train dogs for hunting? There are various types of hunting that are performed routinely by using dogs, and each one has different specific methods to train the dogs. There are however general training methods which are normally used for each type of dog, and each type of hunting. Those are the types of training which will be used to describe how to train dogs for hunting.
Items needed to train a dog for hunting:
- Training tools specific to the type of hunting you desire to train in
- Dog treats
The process of training a dog for hunting will go something as follows:
- Have a plan. Take the time before actually starting training to make a plan for the process. Plan out what you wish to teach, and how you wish to teach it. This will help you decide what you need to procure before hand, and will help you train the dog in an orderly manner which will help increase your success. The more detailed you make it, the more flexible and comprehensive the dogs training will be.
- Be flexible. Remember each dog is different. Each will learn things better using different techniques. Be flexible in your plan and techniques to respond to the individual dog and circumstances. Take the time to reevaluate each step of the plan as you go, and change it where needed.
- Evaluate each training session. Take the time to sit and evaluate each training session. Evaluate the dogs responses,and your training methods to insure they work well together.
- Train long enough. Spend enough time on each segment of training to insure the training is good. One rule says train twice as long as you think is needed.
- Break each skill down. Break each skill into its simplest steps and train each step individually.
- Train progressively. Start with the process broken down and train each step progressively. Add one training on to the next to build up to the entire end result.
- Patience. Be patient. The dog may learn at different rates than you think they should, or it could even change day to day depending upon mood. It may even seem some days that you are going backwards. Do not become impatient, give them time to learn and grow with you. In many cases you are dealing with a puppy which is going to be, a puppy, and want to have fun. Give them time to grow up with you while you train them.
- Give positive reinforcement. Most dogs want to please their master, give them positive reinforcement and they will respond.
- Enjoy the process. The dog is going to respond to your mood. If you enjoy the entire process, so will he. Training time is time spent with a good friend who's main goal in life is to please you, enjoy your animal, and the time you spend together.
That is how you train a dog for hunting. Each step in the process will include many small steps, most dependant upon what type of hunting you are training for. Take your time, the process is individual for each animal. The end result for quality time spent is a good faithful hunting dog. Above all, enjoy the time spent with what may well be one of your best and most faithful friends.