Since I am one of the few guys at my sportsman's gun club with a steady, good marking and handling retriever (people think that whistle stuff is "cool" and relatively speaking my dogs behavior is good), I have been asked to help another member with his 2 year old German Shorthair who is gun shy. I spoke to the guy tonight, very nice guy and says he tried introducing the gun with a 22 blank pistol and that his dog has decent OB and is very birdy, "just" gun shy. Something went wrong somewhere, he's not sure why/how, and now the dog bolts when it hears gunfire. This is his 4th GSP and he never has this issue before. He is a pretty responsible guy and I believe him when he tells me he tried to gradually intro the gunfire and didn't just blast a gun over his head
Any suggestions or on-line material on the issue from anybody? I always associated retrieves and other fun things with gun fire and introduced it gradually. Luckily, I've never had the issue or had to fix it. I am going to meet the guy over the weekend to meet him and his dog at the sportsman's club. We can shoot guns, throw bumpers and use birds there. The property is big enough to get far enough away to hear only faint shots if need be. I am thinking distant shots associated with birds/retrieves/treats whatever it takes (without coddling the dog) and build up gradually???