Those that hunt with their test dogs, did the dog just have it based on training for HT/FT or did he have to be taught additional hunting skills and learn to work things out afield.
Big Ditto there Mr. Booty. I don't know if my trial dog will ever be the gundog I want him to be. He just doesn't like that gun going off over his head. I have never had a problem with this in the past with any of my other trial dogs. He's not at all gun shy but he anticipates the shot. The gun itself seems to bother him more than the noise. He'll mark and pick up the birds like always when he sees them. The problem is he wants to turn his head away when I pull the gun up to shoot and sometimes misses the mark. I've only hunted over him twice so I can only hope that he will get better with time and I'm sure he will.Mr Booty said:I have Labs for both hunting and Ft's. I have taken my Ft dog hunting and the only thing that the dog really had to adjust to was when the shotguns went off, the dog had a tendency to look down the horizon as opposed to looking up. Didn't take long to catch on the the birds where in the sky and not in the next county over the horizon.
Well said Ken,Ken Newcomb said:No matter what, anytime you or your dog does something for the first time new skills are needed to be learned. This is as simple as a new concept. There is no way a dog hunts for the very first time and doesn't have some skills it needs to work on and learn.
The only type of hunting I can think of that you can truely come close to simulating is a dove hunt.
No dog, on their first hunt, is ready for 20+ flushing pheasants all around him, or 200 BIG MALLARDS swinging all around with 4 guns up and blazing. It all takes exposure.