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    Default IS THIS DOG GUN SHY???

    I have a dog that flinches when he is shot over. He is still all about the retrieve, doesn't seem to scare him in that he doesn't cower, aviod the work. He still marks very well and takes off like a rocket to the fall. I've heard many ways to fix it, just not sure if this is considered being gun shy???
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    P.S. This is a dog I picked up at 14 months old. I've only had him 3 months. I personally have not shot alot over him so far because of this issue. Shots out in the field are fine, it only happens when shot right over his head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamB
    I have a dog that flinches when he is shot over. He is still all about the retrieve, doesn't seem to scare him in that he doesn't cower, aviod the work. He still marks very well and takes off like a rocket to the fall. I've heard many ways to fix it, just not sure if this is considered being gun shy???
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    P.S. This is a dog I picked up at 14 months old. I've only had him 3 months. I personally have not shot alot over him so far because of this issue. Shots out in the field are fine, it only happens when shot right over his head.
    Just a flinch? Doesn't sound gun shy to me.

    What do you use when you "shoot over" him?
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    Shots out in the field are fine, it only happens when shot right over his head.

    Hard to find fault with that. I flinch too.

    Don't shoot over his head regards

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    Don't shoot a shotgun over his head. Move to one side or another and shoot.
    With the gun over his head, the muzzle blast is horific and I expect he would jump. Get down there yourself and see. Use ear protection and it's still loud.

    Use starter guns with .22 blanks or primed 12 ga. empty shells, or 12 ga primers in pistols to acclumate the dog.

    If he was gun shy, he'd be running away.
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    I guess I should clarify. He flinches when he is at heel. I am not shooting directly over him. That was just a figure of speech I guess. It doesn't happen so much with a .22 pistol, but is quite noticable with the Retriever Trainer which is about equivilent to a 12 gauge IMO. Should I be concerned with this?
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    PS. It doesn't happen with guns in the field, just close range shooting.
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    Nope...don't concern yourself at all....

    And I'd suggest backing off on using the RetrieveRTrainer for a while.

    Humongous booms, right over the dog's head, should be associated with humongous, adrenoline pumping enticements....like shot flyers that pup already LOVES or a flock of 25 greenheads, dropping in.....

    (not a plastic thing that zooms away AFTER the dog gets muzzle-blasted for something he doesn't see coming, and tries his best to get a mark on, while incurring a little hearing loss 8) )

    Not trying to be a jerk... Just set him up for success....not for trouble. Sounds like a nice dog so far!

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    That makes sense Chris. I will save the close range shooting for live flyers and in the duck blind. Thanks.
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    Have you actually put him through a program to introduce him to gun fire? Start out at about 75 - 100 yards with a gunshot along with a mark to retrieve. Gradually shorten the distance. Read your dog. Let him determine how quickly you progress.

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    I got him as a started dog. The guy said he was thru swim by. I assumed all of that had been covered. I assumed wrong, thus this question.
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