Sometimes you find yourself with a gun shy dog, here are some tips for training from Mossberg.
A gun shy dog is something no hunter wants to find is a trait of their new hunting buddy, but it is not the end of the world. Mossberg & Sons show you how to work with the retriever to get it where you want.
There you have it, it's all about gradual introduction to guns and desensitization.
A number of years ago, I made the mistake of trying to introduce the shotgun too quickly with one of my retrievers as a puppy. As always, trying to push and rush this critical part of the training was a fail.
The dog developed a pretty big aversion to gun blasts, running away and cowering. I took it to a pro-trainer for a couple of training sessions and these are exactly the type of techniques the trainer used with a slow, deliberate, and methodical reintroduction of the gun.
I am happy to say that the dog was turned around and is excited even when she sees a gun. The dog does not flinch at all at multiple shots, in fact she sees it as playtime. You can bet for my second retriever I did it right having learned my lesson well.