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Training your Pointing Dog
By Richard Weaver

Your pup is now obedience trained, and in
the field, it comes and quarters to the whis
tle, is staunch on point, and accepts the gun. You are now ready to start reaping some of the rewards of your labor. This does not mean that your pup is finished or ready to handle everything it encounters in the field. Have fun, but proceed with caution. You have only one chance to experience your pup's first season, and it is better to go slowly than to push too hard.
Try to limit the pup's first trips afield to ones with a high likelihood of success. Keep the hunts relatively short-an hour and a half to two hours is plenty for a developing pup. You could still do structural damage by running the pup into the ground. Hunt alone or with one trustworthy companion who knows you have a young pup and is willing to sacrifice shooting, if necessary. Pick your spots carefully, choosing ones where you can handle the pup with a high degree of success. A lost pup is no fun! Try at first to avoid roads, deer, hunters, and other distractions as much as possible. Your goal is a short trip with a point, kill, and positive reinforcement. Shoot points but not bumped birds, taking the time to use corrective action the same as in your training sessions. Shooting random flushes is a decision to make based on your pup's temperament and level of sophistication. The first season really is advanced training on the real thing.
ADVANCED GUN WORK
Your pup has already been properly introduced to the gun, but it is relatively inexperienced and encounters new situations on each outing. A bad experience with the gun could still create a gun-shy dog. Shooting only pointed birds will protect against this happening, since your pup sees the entire picture and makes the positive association of bird and gun. If you choose to shoot random flushes, be careful. I have already suggested taking no more than one other hunter on your pup's first outings. The more commotion and excitement, the higher the likelihood of a negative experi

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ence. A line of five hunters and a barrage of a dozen shots could ruin your young pup. Be careful - hunt alone or with a reliable partner. Stay close so that your pup is aware of your presence and can quarter in front of both hunters. Even on random flushes, the pup will likely see or hear birds and not be bothered by the gun. Again, never shoot a bump, bird.
To guarantee success, it is best to limit your pup's first exposures to real hunting and the gun. Understand that every new experience brings with it a chance of failure as well as success. The more you can stack the deck on the side of success, the better for your pup. You may sacrifice some chances to kill birds now, but the reward will be future successful seasons. There is only one first season and one chance to do it right the first time around.

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