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    So my young dog, now almost 8 months old does really good in the field. I have been taking him pheasant hunting the last few weekends and when we get a bird, he runs out, retrieves it and drops it in my hand or on the ground directly in front of me. However, as we walk around, he has this very unpleasant behavior. If he finds a dead bird... or animal, he totally disregards his commands and starts to inhale what he can before I make it over to him to take him away from the situation. Is there a way to correct this? Is this where the e-collar comes into play? II feel like it might be my only way to correct him without having to basically go to him and pulling him away. Any comments or past experiences with this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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    What training have you done?

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    A simple fix would be to have him on a leash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lem View Post
    A simple fix would be to have him on a leash.

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    How is he going to hunt on a leash?

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    He's a dog and dogs scavenge, solid obedience is what you don't have a what you need. With that you should be able to call him off carrion or any other situation that he may encounter.
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    Obedience. Get a dead something, and put it in the yard. Practice pulling him off of it with a long lead, and what ever command you wish to use. Reward when good stuff happens. Be fair when good stuff does not happen. Remember, this is a dog. They like smelly stuff.
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    If he understands to come when called and you have a collar..In the yard teach the come or here , heel or whatever your command is and reinforce it with stimulation ...then as chuck said. pick up a road kill and use it as a distraction....It is just an obedience issue ...As stated it is normal for a dog to do this ...Also be fair, reward for compliance....Steve S

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    Thank you for the great idea! I never thought to find the stinkiest most rotten not to mention super valuable find for the dog to use as the distraction during normal training sessions. I train a lot with my dog and he comes instantly when called. I can tell him to sit, lay down, roll over, come from 50 yards away. He listens very good! Unfortunately I guess I never added a dead rotting animal as a distraction to those games. Now I am on dead animal look out so I can get a couple of them to work with him. Thank you again for your comments.
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    Sometimes the obvious is not always so obvious. I use all sorts of distractions during training, why wouldn't I add dead smelly animals? My dog seems to love them with a passion and I need to show him that they are not to be played with or eaten. Thank you!

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    Be on the lookout after dear hunting season. Mine likes to roll in the rotten gutt piles that are left in the woods. Windows down on the ride home!
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