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I also own a GSP and I would only bring her if the weather is mild. They just are not made for the cold. The unique advantage of the short coat is they don't heat up as bad as other dogs in mild temps while chasing quail and pheasant, and they are very clean.

Unfortunately, this works against them in the cold because their light bodies and short coat doesn't hold the heat. I take my dog with me everywhere I go, but when it gets cold, I don't take her waterfowl hunting where she is required to sit still.

Other than that, they are smart enough to pick up on any training you provide. Start with bumpers and work your way up to the real thing.

If your GSP is anything like mine, you mostly just need to avoid screwing up the natural talent God gave them.
 
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