Tr1ggerHappy wrote: I have shot with him numerous times before outside while he was directly on my side and he would never move. Now all of a sudden he gets scared while inside the blind. He would not bring the ducks to hand because he didnt want to come inside the blind he has been in multiple times before. Any information would really help
Kwaksmacker nailed it. Shoot singles for the pup with a SINGLE gun and hopefully a single shot. I would handle my young dogs and let my partner shoot. This way you can watch the dog's actions and positively support them. My best dog never did like much gunfire so I had to be conscious of that fact. You should to be aware that you need to hunt for the dog to make their outcome a success. Hope this helps....mauser
So at what point , (after shooting #? SINGLE shots, and a SINGLE gun), would be a good time to introduce multiple gunners?
The way I see it, you can have an assistant shooting SINGLES 'till doomsday- and the dog may be just fine with it.
Just don't believe that's going to condition the dog to being near multiple gunners inside or outside a duckblind- you can't un-ring a bell.
Shoving the dog in a blind with multiple gunners for the first time wasn't a real good idea. Hopefully there's no a negative association with a duckblind now.
Might be helpfull to set the dog up in a dog blind in the training field with multiple guns from a distance, so he can mark and have more indirect contact with gunfire instead of having it so close for now. Keeping the dog active in the hunt and marking from a vantage point where he can see is a big plus, and gives the dog more reasoning for multiple guns vs. a bunch of meaningless gunfire going off and the dog can't see what's going on.
In the meantime, I'd consider dumping multiple guns and hunt alone in an effort to re-associate the dog with being inside a blind with gunfire.
Believe that sooner or later, there needs to be some progression here WITH multiple guns from a distance ...and don't forget about having some birds
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