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View Poll Results: Do you Antler Shed train your dog?

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  • Yes, my dog is an actively trained/run antler shed dog

    7 14.29%
  • No. We don't do antler shed training or hunting.

    12 24.49%
  • I'm curious and it seems like it could be cool.

    27 55.10%
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Thread: Antler Shed Training

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    Administrator Chris Atkinson's Avatar
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    Default Antler Shed Training

    At a recent vet appointment, I had one of the technicians ask me about how to go about training her dog for antler sheds. She claimed there are now antler shed trials or tests, which I was totally unaware of!

    It is my opinion that any of these kinds of hobbies are good for us as trainers and good for the dogs to be stimulated and given a purpose.

    Feel free to click a button in the poll please.

    If you are actively training your dog for antler shed, feel free to post how/what instructional materials you've found useful.

    Thanks, Chris
    "Determining and applying the criteria for when and when not to use correction is the essence of the art of dog training. I make a distinction between a mistake and a lack of effort." - Mike Lardy - Volume I "After Collar Conditioning"

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    Senior Member John Lash's Avatar
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    Sep 2006
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    They can be taught a lot of things as you already know. I used to be an avid bowhunter, that takes a lot of practice time. If you miss with an arrow at the target range it tends to slide under the grass and can be hard to find. My backstop was at the edge of the woods which made it worse. I taught my dog of long ago to find arrows by putting them in the undergrowth and encouraging her. If I lost one I'd get Katy and she'd make it look easy.

    Seems like antlers would be pretty easy to train for.
    John Lash

    "If you run Field Trials, you learn to swallow your disappointment quickly."

    "Field trials are not a game for good dogs. They're for great dogs with great training." E. Graham

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    Senior Member Rnd's Avatar
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    I couldn't figure out what all these posts about antler sheds were about..I had never heard of it until recently.

    When Ken posted a link in a recent antler shed thread showing how much$$ these are worth it started to make cents.
    May you pin all the marks and line the blinds!!

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    Senior Member Mike Peters-labguy23's Avatar
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    Lee and Tiffany from the bow hunting show The Crush have a couple dogs trained for it. They run trials for she'd hunting also. They have Tom Dokken train their dogs. Seems Tom has found a new niche to sell on.

    I trained one of my labs to do it but really don't have a great spot to find sheds unfortunately.
    Mike Peters

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    Senior Member Waterdogs's Avatar
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    All my dogs are trained to hunt sheds. I do not get the time to take them much because I am training for other things. It is very simple.
    Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.

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    Senior Member twall's Avatar
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    Jun 2006


    An old dog of mine was a good shed hunter. I don't really hunt sheds anymore.

    I did nothing more than praise him for bringing them to me.

    Tom Wall

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    I have a few friends who have trained theirs to hunt sheds. Not entirely difficult. Not putting any human scent on the shed is the key ingredient. He started with searching for sheds alone. Found a couple. Put on rubber gloves and handled them very carefully putting them into trash bags and sealing them up. Kept them in his wood shed. Must keep human scent off the sheds. Not training tracking dogs. Started playing with them and the pup. Only touched them with gloves and had friends/neighbors plant the sheds so pup wasn't tracking his scent. Continued to make "find the bones" a bigger and bigger game. Recently he's found some nice trophy elk sheds which he was able to sell to a furniture maker for some $$. Paid some fuel bills to get in the hills.

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    Phoenix MD


    The dog featured on Lee and Tiffany's Crush is Tank, out of FC AFC Small Craft Advisory
    Multi-tasking Field Trial breeding

    Bert Rodgers

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    Senior Member RockyDog's Avatar
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    Grove City, MN


    Looks like Tom Dokken wrote the book on it (and the DVD) and hosts the World Shed Dog Championships ...
    Sonia Liedman

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    Senior Member shawninthesticks's Avatar
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    Jun 2010
    north east mo


    I think I'll train my dog to go on point when she see's a nice rack.

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