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Offline Ks_Sniper

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Not so well trained hunting dog...
« on: September 27, 2004, 05:23:26 PM »
Hey peoples, I was wondering if any of you have any experience training dogs, particularly the setter breed, to track, point, and chase rabbits, squirrels, and/or birds. I've got this setter that I'm trying to train to fetch, but she refuses to give up the ball or whatever it may be. I've even tried the treat approach, but as soon as she sees I've got a treat, she won't do a thing... just sit there and wait for me to give it to her. HELP!!!
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Not so well trained hunting dog...
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2004, 07:50:19 PM »
This is one area where you're going to have to make a choice Sniper. You'll have to either teach her to chase, tree, or point.  This will also determine what game you're going after. Rabbits don't tree or set. Squirrels don't run or set. and birds don't tree or run. Setters are usually trained for birds because of their intelligence, great nose and instinctive stalking ability. They are not extremly difficult to train for squirrels or rabbits, but there are other breeds out there that might make a better choice. As far as the fetching, keep on with the treats. Sooner or later she will figure out,  to get they treat in her mouth she will have to drop the ball.
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Not so well trained hunting dog...
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2004, 12:09:03 PM »
Quote from: ellwoodjake
This is one area where you're going to have to make a choice Sniper. You'll have to either teach her to chase, tree, or point.  This will also determine what game you're going after. Rabbits don't tree or set. Squirrels don't run or set. and birds don't tree or run. Setters are usually trained for birds because of their intelligence, great nose and instinctive stalking ability. They are not extremly difficult to train for squirrels or rabbits, but there are other breeds out there that might make a better choice. As far as the fetching, keep on with the treats. Sooner or later she will figure out,  to get they treat in her mouth she will have to drop the ball.


Yeah!  what he said.
You'll ruin a good dog if you try to teach him all that. Mine is a pointer and he was trained to point.

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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2004, 10:10:03 PM »
Well, what do ya know... I have been working with her for a few days now and she's actually starting to drop the sock into my hand, but if I don't give her a treat then the next time, she'll revert to the playful mode. Oh well, I'll keep it up and hopefully I can get her out this season with somebody elses already trained dog.
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