Every gun dog needs training – who should you choose?
Hunters love taking their four-legged companions out with them on the hunt. There is something magical about working in sync with your best friend that makes the hunt that much more special.
Dogs aren’t born knowing all they need to know to go hunting with you though. Every hunting dog, no matter the genetics, will need solid training. But how do you know where to go for great gun dog training?
Gun Dog Training
Let’s imagine that you’re getting a new gun dog to serve two purposes. One, to help you on the hunt. Two, to be a companion in one way or another during all the other times you’re not hunting.
Traditional gun dog training relies heavily on force to train dogs and has a high failure rate due to the level of pain dogs must go through to learn what they should know. Like people, each dog has a different pain tolerance and forceful training can cause them to shut down and not even try. You could be left with a gorgeous gun dog that is scared of you or guns.
Wish there was a better way to train gun dogs more reliably and more quickly than with traditional methods? There is!
FetchMasters, a Colorado-based gun dog training group, practices a Positive Gun Dog Training Program. What this means is your dog has the opportunity to be trained with positive reinforcement, which has proven to be more effective.
This program is designed to use painless training methods to train reliable and high-performance gun dogs. This program has a nice diagram that explains the popular myths that go along with positive training that every dog owner should read. Positive gun dog training utilizes the dog’s natural drive to learn and work with people to teach them what they need to know.
“Positive methods make the dog a partner in the learning process by incrementally shaping complex behaviors and by rewarding progress. Because of this, many key skills are learned more quickly than with traditional training.” – Positive Gun Dog Training
Do you have a gun dog? Share your favorite part about having a four-legged partner below in the comments!
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