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Duluth Pack Dog: Dog Training Tips for Hunting | Duluth Pack

Duluth Pack Dog: Dog Training Tips for Hunting

 

Dogs are wonderful animals. They possess the capabilities to be great companions and pets, and they always seem to be the cutest part of our days. Besides that, dogs also have natural hunting skills, and if properly trained, can make your hunting, specifically for birds, a successful and enjoyable experience. In this post, we will highlight some useful tips for training your dog for hunting.

  • Get To Know Your Dog

The excitement for hunting with your canine might at first distract you from the fact that it is a new pup. Take the time to create a bond with your dog, establishing that you are in charge and dialing in basic commands like sit, come, and heel. A healthy relationship with your soon to be hunting partner should be every hunter's step one to the process. Training your dog for hunting should start around the time they turn 5-6 months old. At this point, your dog should be mature enough to start handling and practicing hunting commands.

  • Set Achievable Goals

Set goals achievable and realistic goals for training your dog. The training process is not something that can be completed quickly and without error. This is when knowing your dog will be extremely important. Training should be ongoing and continued throughout the dog's life. However, it's especially important early on in your pup's life to establish their demeanor and how they react to new situations. Be specific with the behavior you want your dog to have, and practice these situations in controlled environments that prepare you and your dog for the hunt.

  • Commands: Praise and Correction

Your dog has instincts that make it wired for hunting but learning and consistently following commands will be what makes a noticeable difference for your hunt. If a dog isn't following instructions, there should be a correction. A common mistake a dog will owner make is raising their voice and being aggressive with their canines. If a dog knows the command and doesn't follow it, it is not because they didn't hear you, rather, because they don't want to follow it.  If you want your dog to remain calm and controlled throughout a hunt, you need to display that in training. Corrections should be made immediately and in a consistent manner. When they have been corrected or successfully follow a command, reward them, and praise them, to reinforce the desired behavior.

The following commands are the most basic and essential for your dog to know:

  • Come
  • Heel
  • Kennel
  • Whoa
  • Fetch

 

Building a meaningful relationship with your dog will make your experience with them irreplaceable. Dogs are renowned for their ability to be our best friends and animals with whom we can share a profound connection. With the proper training, attention, and exercise, dogs can be incredible hunting companions. Training dogs results in a loyal, social, and intelligent family friend.

 

Amplifying your experiences is what we are all about doing. We have our Dog Coat that serves as a defense to thick brush for your dog as well as some added warmth for hunts or walks. And for you, the All Day Lumbar Pack to keep all your hunting and dog training essentials secure and comfortable. This pack has been tested extensively in the field and is the most preferred by our CEO and President, Tom Sega, for use during hunting and dog training alike. Also, check out the Leather Leash and Portable Pet Bowl to stay prepped and ready out there.

 

Happy Hunting, Friends!