TRAINING YOUR OWN DOG
It takes time, money, equipment, birds, travel, ability and experience to properly train a dog. There are two kinds of dogs “Trained and not Trained." A little training is not acceptable for a Gun Dog that is expected to perform as a trained dog. Everyone may not have that well-trained dog, but they sure recognize one when they see it. An untrained dog will make for a long and stressful day in the field. The expense of game birds, equipment, travel and proper training locations are often underestimated by those people new to the training world. Should you decide to train your own dog, here are some principles that may be helpful.
FIRST AND FOREMOST YOU MUST HAVE THE RIGHT DOG. A DOG GENETICALLY DESIGNED WITH AN ANCESTRAL HISTORY OF POSITIVE GENETICS FOR BEHAVING IN A PREDICTABLE MANNER.
1. Must allow consistent periods of training time. There is no other way. No substitutes and no shortcuts.
2. Must have the proper equipment to include a training assistant(s) i.e. wife, kids, friend.
3. Must have abundant number of training birds.
4. Do not train if you are in a bad mood or in a rush.
5. You cannot train your dog by attending a training day.
6. Dogs cannot be pushed into something when they have not been properly prepared.
7. Transition from the back yard to the field. What he did in the enclosed yard he may not do in the field.
8. Obedience is the cornerestone for all advanced training. Obedience means compliance "every time"!
9. All dogs are not equal in talent or performance, however, all dogs can be trained and properly managed.