There’s nothing we love more than a great #Nolahdventure. With a spring in our step, we head outdoors with our young pup to begin training her to become a great bird hunting dog. Bird hunting is one of our favorite ways to spend the fall days, so spring and summer are the best time of year to train a dog in preparation. Today (and many days in the near future), our wilderness adventure takes us to the open field down the road where we can start training.
Bird Dog Training Basics
The best way to go about training a bird hunting dog is starting with a dog who is a natural hunter; consider retrievers, pointers, and setters, and you’ll have the best luck if you start training when the dog is still a puppy.
Nurture The Natural Instinct
Hunting dogs naturally stick their noses to the ground to sniff out the next catch. You’ll notice as you walk that your pup may walk in a zigzag line in front of you. Give them that space to explore, as this is the natural walking path you’ll want your dog to make in order to flush up the bird. If you have a pointer, encourage your pup to remain in the point position, and only reward the dog when he or she does it correctly.
Many hunting dogs are very intelligent creatures, which is a fantastic characteristic. However, they are still dogs, meaning you must be consistent with your training. Taking a week off is no good for the long-term benefits because you’ll end up going back and re-teaching.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to share all of our favorite bird dog tips, but we know you’ll have a great time spending your wilderness adventures with your furry companion. Don’t forget to send pictures of your great #Nolahdventure with your hunting pup!