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Just Getting Started - Any Advice?

hey there everyone.  I currently just bought a yellow lab.  I have big plans for this pup as I am an avid shed hunter.  I also do just about anyother type of hunting I can as well.  I'm hoping to train this pup to be a very well rounded dog, being able to hunt sheds, pheseant, geese,and ducks, and to also be a good family dog.  I was just curious as to if who has all bought and used the DVD offered on this website and if they found it valuable.  Let me know any tips or advice you can offer me.  I'm picking up the puppy April 26th, she will be just a hair shy of 8 weeks old.  I'm pretty excited.

Thanks!





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montanahunter, yes, the DVD on this site is a great training tool. I would also like to suggest getting some training DVD's by other people about duck hunting and bird hunting. I have learned valuable information about training dogs from these other DVD's and have added some of the techniques to my antler dog training. You especially will benefit from many different DVD's since you are training your dog for multiple tasks. But be aware that not all dogs can do it all but some can. Read through all of these forums and you will see what Roger has to say about multi training a dog.  Goodluck with your new pup and keep us posted on your progress.  fatrooster.



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I did buy the training DVD on this site.  You might find it usefull, however,

I recommend Jerry Carlson's method.  I trained a dog 5 years ago using his program.  It works.

Here's the link. www.deersheddog.com

 

 





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Ruger is his name a chocolate lab is his breed.  At 5 months old I wish I had gotten him allot sooner.  I have had him for 4 days now.  We already have the basics well under way. He loves antlers!   I think I am going to take all my sheds away so he no longer is able to play with them at will.  I have given him a few small antlers to play with and chew.  I take him for walks on snowy paths throwing one antler leap frogging up the path.  He seems to like this game.  I will be ordering Rodgers video and will be excited to incorporate his expertise into my training.  I also keep my Ruger in the house.  I have a kennel and so far that seems to be working well for me.  I take the kennel in the pickup and Ruger seems to like his area.

Jason

doogster13@hotmail.com





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doogster13, Jason,

                                     sounds like you've got a great dog. Can't wait to hear about how he progresses. Keep us posted.  fatrooster.





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Rugar and I  went out to find the corner property marker today.  We worked on Rugar scanning ahead, and I would call him back periodically to keep control.  He is doing better every day.    Good ol Ruger comes out of the thick with a spike skull whitetail winter kill from two years ago.  Along our trip he also found a few bones and was sure happy to show me where he found them.  I can’t wait to get the DVD I believe it will give me the answers to my questions.

Jason

Rugar: Chocolate Lab, 6 months old.





Re: Just Getting Started - Any Advice?
Hey thanks for all the helpful advice.  I'm going to pick up my pup on the 26th and bring her home.  I'm pretty excited.  I will keep you up to date on how training is going.  Thanks again.



Re: Just Getting Started - Any Advice?
Hey thanks for all the helpful advice.  I'm going to pick up my pup on the 26th and bring her home.  I'm pretty excited.  I will keep you up to date on how training is going.  Thanks again.



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 hey guys. like the thread post mentions, I am just getting started. I have a two year old white german shephard that I intend to shed hunt this march.  She is a very smart dog, well trained in the sit, wait, stay, "go get it", commands and so fourth. Her drive to fetch is incredible. I am hiding 5-7 sheds across a 1 acre wooded lot and she stays close and finds them everytime. My questions: Is this simply an advanced game of fetch? (or does she have the nose)? I plan to hunt her across a property of 350 acres.  Everything I have read about shed hunting boasts training a puppy, not a mature and eager to learn dog. Being on a small lot, is there something I could be doing to prepare for a much larger scale hunt? Many thanks.





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Hi thanks for your interest in Antler Dogs.  To answer your questions - most times it is easier to start with a puppy but we have also trained dogs that have been as old as 4 or 5 so if your dog has all the proper drives there is no reason she should not find some sheds,  As far as adjusting your training I would recommend that you gradually start increasing the amount of horns and territory that you and your dog cover.  If you have a place that you can use that is larger than 1 acre I would recommend that you use it.  If your dog is only used to finding 7 to 9 sheds and you have only worked within one acre the dog is used to a specific amount of space and amount of antlers.  At this point in your training I would recommend you mix it up as much as possible - different amounts of antlers, different horns, different locations, different amounts of space and time.  Try to make it as much like the real thing as possible.  We all know that there is never a guarantee as to how many if any at all horns your will find on a hunt.  Hope this helps.  You can give me a call with questions.  Thanks again.  Amy 816-532-3611

 

 





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