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The Complete Guide To Bird Dog Training


Describes in detail six pointing and four flushing breeds gives information on finding and acquiring a dog and offers step-by-step guidance for training a bird dog to become a reliable companion in the field and at home.Title The Complete Guide to Bird Dog TrainingAuthor Falk John R.Publisher Globe Pequot PrPublication Date 20060801Number of Pages 272Binding Type PAPERBACKLibrary of Congress a hrefhttplccn.loc.govbl2007012837 targetLibrary of Congressbl2007012837a

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How to train your dog to come when called.

One of the most important skills that dogs can learn is to come to you when called. All dog owners would never put their dogs in dangerous situations. The “come” command is very useful in averting you dog from a deer chase, a car-dog collision and other potential dangers. Once trained, your dog can be given the freedom to go on hiking trails, to play in the park, or roam anywhere else because you are confident that you can call her back.

To make training easier, you need to convince your dog that you are more likable than short-term freedom. Rewards should be given at all times and training sessions should be kept short. However, teaching a dog to come when called can be difficult at times because most dogs discover that you cannot outrun them and that escape is more fun than walking calmly beside you. If at all possible, freedom should never be given to your dog until reliability has been proven at coming when called.

When and how to reward

At all times, dogs should be rewarded for moving the right way, for the full action and for best efforts. You can give rewards like food treats, toys, games and praises. As long as your dog wants that particular thing, it can be considered a reward.

Name recognition

In order to make your dog recognize its name, you can hold a reward between your dog’s eye line and yours. Then say its name and give the reward the moment it looks at you.

Coming when called

In order to make your dog come to you when called, you can show a treat or a toy then move about a few paces away. Call out its name and say the word “come” in a cheerful voice while smiling and gesturing. When your dog comes to you, hold the collar and you can either play with it or give the treat. Increase the distance between you and your dog gradually until such time you call from room to room or in and out of the house and it comes to you immediately. Never call your dog if you are going to shout at it or inflict punishment because it might have a negative impact to the training. Always make it a point to make learning pleasurable and pleasant. Your dog is more likely to respond to the training if the training is enjoyable.

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Schutzhund Dog Training requires working with your dog using much more advanced techniques than mere obedience training. You will need to have a special dog to  start with if you would like to get involved with Schutzhund dog training.

This dog sport originated in Germany in the early 1900’s as a way to test German shepherd dogs’ abilities to be police dogs. Schutzhund literally is German for “protection dog”. Nowadays the Schutzhund dog training has changed to include tracking and obedience as well as protection as the focus points of the training.

Most of the Schutzhund dogs historically have been German shepherd dogs, but nowadays there are clubs that allow the entry of other breeds that are sufficiently athletic, courageous and intelligent enough to compete in this rigorous training. To qualify as a good candidate for a Schutzhund dog the following characteristics must be present:

The dog must have a very strong desire to work.
must display courage.
must be easy to train.
must display intelligence.
must develop a very strong bond with his handler.
must display a strong protective instinct.
must show perseverance.

A Schutzhund dog trial will consist on three main areas of dog training: Tracking, Obedience, and Protection. There are also rankings of Schutzhund 1, 2, or 3-with each level requiring more difficult tests during the trials.

Tracking: The tracking phase is designed to test your dogs ability to track through scent (find dropped items and following a trail set previously by a decoy)  as well as its mental sharpness and physical stamina. In the tracking trial the handler  follows his dog on a 33 foot leash.  The dog is required to find the dropped items and mark where it is, often by lying down and putting his front legs around the item. Your dog will be scored on a 100 point scale depending on how well he performed.

Obedience: The obedience section of the competition is held in a large open field. Each dog works in a pair with another dog-with one dog waiting on the side of the field while the other dog is worked by the handler. The dogs will switch positions after the first dog completes his competition. The actual exercises are varied and require your dog to have total focus. Among the exercises are heeling among crowds of people, while shots are fired from a gun, male dogs remaining focused within the scent of a dog in heat, a variety of retrieves over jumps,  recalls and more.  Your dog is judged by his ability and enthusiasm to perform the exercises correctly.

Protection: The protection part of the competition tests your dogs courage and ability to protect both himself and his handler from a “decoy” that has been placed behind a blind. Your dog is commanded to search among the various blinds to find the decoy, and announce the decoy’s presence by barking.  The dog then must be able to guard the decoy until your arrival. This is the police work side of Schutzhund dog training. While the handler interacts with the decoy-searching or escorting him to the judge- the decoy will attempt to escape. At this point the dog must move to stop  the attempted escape by grabbing onto the decoy’s padded sleeve. When the decoy stops, your dog must release the decoy immediately on command. Your dog will be judged by his ability to control his aggression, enthusiasm for the work and courage.

To learn more about Shutzhund dog training it is a good idea to try to find a local Schutzhund club. Because the Schutzhund dog training requires more than one person-for the tracking and the protection phases of the competition, you will need the help of someone else with your training. That is another benefit of trying to find a Schutzhund club if you are interested in training your dog to the highest levels. If there are no clubs near you, you can watch a Schutzhund training video or DVD to get an idea of just how incredibly well trained Schutzhund dogs really are. For the hard core dog trainers among us, this is the highest level of dog training.

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