Originally Posted by grnhd
I agree with this. It is pretty much impossible to simulate a real hunting situation. Sitting a heel for 3-4 hours at time, seeing birds flying around, working the decoys, chasing cripples and hunting up birds in cover. I feel my 10 month pup learned more about 'hunting' from his first 2 hunts ever than any simulated training scenario I presented him. He also seemed to have the best time in his life and made some retrieves/found some birds that I think gave him a lot of confedience. Confedience in me that when I say 'dead bird', if he hunts he will find one. Somethings just cannot be replicated in training.
I would make sure the dog is conditioned to gunfire first though.