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    I had a buddy of mine take his pup to a gun range and said it worked great. I was just wondering if y'all have done the same thing. It seemed like a great idea and would save ammo. Has anyone tried?

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    NO NO NO!!! Bad idea, it may work sometimes but the risk is much greater then the reward, I was always taught the sound of a gun shot meant they were getting a retrieve. Being around ton of guns going off doesn't do that and can cause a lot of issues. Im sure some very knowledgable people will answer this for you. Good luck

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    I did my first pup. She was 8 weeks old when I took her. Started her out about 100 yards out and slowly let her walk towards the gun range.

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    Find the nearest trainer to you and ask what he charges per month. If it is more than you want to pay, don't take your dog to the gun range.

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    I did my first pup. She was 8 weeks old when I took her. Started her out about 100 yards out and slowly let her walk towards the gun range.
    This is equal to this example : I fed my dog from my hand the first day I had it and it grew up good around food. Therefor feeding the dog from your hand on the first day you get it causes them not to be aggressive around food.
    Some dogs won't develop gun shyness no matter what you do. Read up how to do it properly. Almost every dog I've gotten in for gun shyness became this way from exactly what you did. Not all dogs are as heroic as yours.

    Stay away from the gun range

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    mark 16:9 -- So then after the lord had spoken unto them,he was received up in heaven, and sat on the right hand of God
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    Ok well I've seen the method of having someone fire far off and move closer but I may not have access to a helper. Is there a way of doing it on your own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigcasinoGator View Post
    Ok well I've seen the method of having someone fire far off and move closer but I may not have access to a helper. Is there a way of doing it on your own?
    A DT dummy launcher will do the trick, but I'd talk to a local pro if you're really concerned.

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    Seriously?

    Obviously you don't want a bad experience with gun fire intro but it ain't gotta be rocket science either.
    I also don't see anything wrong with goin to the range.
    Keep your distance, be gradual and make it fun for the pup.

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    I introduce gun fire when they are eating. When eating they are doing something happy and it doesn't bother them. I feed them in their kennel and use a pellet gun air loaded only and start at the opposite side of the kennel room. As they get comfortable with the noise i slowly move closer to the kennel. If i see any problems i stop the introduction and wait untill the pup has aged a bit. I start intro to gun fire when pup is 10 or 11 weeks

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    make loud noies around the house, ive banged pans together n praise, ease him into it, there is no need to rush it. Your trying to get them used to a gun shot not 100 of them going off one after another, some people have done it and have been ok but there are more people who have ruined a dog this way. Had a close friend go agaisnt a trainers advice and dog now hides from even thunder, dog is a useless hunter. I would put money on it that there isnt a pro trainer on here that would think that is a good idea, they are pros for a reason. When u learned to shoot guns did u start out with the biggest and loudest gun u could. start slow use distance, start with 22 n work ur way up, dosent need to be done in a day. Please dont take it to a gun range id hate to see u post on here for help how to fix a gun shy dog

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