PSICOLMASCOT: Training of the hunting dog

PSICOLMASCOT: Training of the hunting dog

PSICOLMASCOT: Training of the hunting dog

As a generalization

Socialize. From zero to three months, as an ideal period; later you can, but behavior problems may already appear. Eradicable, yes, but of an unknown complexity.

Basic training. You can start after socializing the animal, but here are several factors that will influence the result in the equation. The main factor is pressure. If we start training after three or four months, it is very important that the pressure is zero.

What is pressure? Pressure on the animal is to force it, punish it, so that the puppy obeys with fear or without joy. The pressure at these ages should be minimal; sometimes I recommend that nothing be done if this is not well understood, because it is the most feasible age to spoil a dog.

What we do now will be reflected later. If we do it well, we will have the road more than paved. In addition, in dogs with a dominant character, the absence of pressure is now going to convert the pressure to a surprise factor that will play on our part. In dogs with a more submissive nature, the pressure required will be minimal.

What does all this roll mean? That you teach playing. That up to seven months, more or less, the puppy must know caresses, games, prizes in the form of food, continuous outings. The call will be done very often, we play hide and call the puppy, because in this way learn to be aware of our position and to go to the call because when you go receive a prize.

We can be setting the charge, but without forcing it to deliver. Very important in the charge is not to overwhelm the dog: if we throw the dummy or the ball twenty times, it is normal for the dog to get tired, to be bored. With a few times enough is enough.

For what? So that it does not associate the call and the leash to the end of the fun, of the freedom, therefore there are dogs that do not attend to the call precisely because they know that when we call it is to tie and for the house or the kennel. teaching the "no". With three or four months they learn quickly and will be an order that will serve us for life. I have already tried the method of teaching it without the need for any pressure, simply with no award. With a few months the hunting dog is usually very nervous; we can use to reassure it and to establish the bases of the "seated" and the "quiet". O, I said, setting, smoothing, initiating.

It's simple; if we take advantage of the call and when it does, we say sit or sitz, while caressing from head to tail pressing a little to sit and quickly give a prize in the form of food and we continue caressing, in a short time when he comes to the call he will sit alone or giving the order of sitz, and if we are spacing in time the act of giving the prize, that is, we do not reward him right away, but wait a few seconds, we will be starting in the order of quiet.

When I put you in contact with hunting ?, and the butterfly? The butterfly we have said on countless occasions that can be used a few times and then store it in the depths of the closet. It is something that teaches nothing and only serves to see the sample instinct, but does not mean anything.

And the farm hunt, when we put some quail? We have also tried this topic several times. It is ridiculous to put a four-month-old cub a farm quail; it is not what he most needs now precisely and surely it will do more harm than to help that future hunter and his show, so that until seven or eight months to dismiss that idea.

From seven months

Here the thing begins to change, although it depends on each puppy, of course. Remember the observation, its character. Precisely the character of a dog is the primordial indicative that will mark the pressure, the prize and the punishment. I usually do not accept dogs for training that are less than ten months old; usually it is an age that we mark ourselves to avoid risks and always based on the character of the dog, but this does not mean that the basic training understood as such, with its normal pressures, its prizes and its punishments, can not begin a pair months earlier. Here also comes the taste factor, how to hunt each person, how he wants a dog to hunt, whether it is more dependent on the hunter or less, who primes initiative or obedience.

In fact, all this can influence depending on what age we start and how we do it, of course, but especially the age, because if we start very soon, surely and inadvertently we will submit too. Whoever wants this, go ahead, your dog is yours and your tastes too; I say it above all for those who do not want it, who knows what is exposed.

It is time to start with the collection exercise, pressing with the rope to bring it, putting the dummy in your mouth if you do not pick up or not. If we have worked the call correctly, we will make things much easier with the charge, and if not, we take advantage now to press on the call using the rope, although we can not forget the prizes. It is also time to start with the ordering in the search, the cross search.

Work the sample, either to settle it or to correct if problems arise; the farm will be an ally now, but never use it as a fun or to give the trigger.

Farm hunting is good knowing how to use and spoils a lot if our end is not education; leave that for adult dogs.

Exercises like forced charging should not be applied before the year and not all dogs by that character. If you want to use to eradicate behaviors is another issue, but do not take the chorizo ​​by the tip.

For a dog to lengthen is not a behavior to eradicate, but to mold, so remember always that training is polishing defects and enhance virtues, and if by polishing a defect I charge some virtue is that we have not done things right.

I hope some doubts have been dissipated, and I say some because all would be impossible.

Just a tip to finish, do not worry; the training is not easy but not complicated, you just have to have as an ally to patience and never put a time of "delivery." The dog and only the dog will mark the length of the training period.

Text: Jesús Barroso de la Iglesia.

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