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#5429019 - 11/18/14 12:43 PM 4 Month Old Pup
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Registered: 07/28/12
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Loc: Graham, Tx
I have a 4 month old chocolate lab male and have been working with almost everyday. He sits when he is not too excited, fetches, and releases.

My question is, is he doing good on progress or is he behind? What are something's I need to also be working on with on at this time.

I will be taking him duck and dove hunting hopefully next year.

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#5429066 - 11/18/14 01:02 PM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: Tinkle]
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Get him use to gun noise

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#5429073 - 11/18/14 01:07 PM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: Tinkle]
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Ok what are some ways I could do that, buy a cap gun to start of with and then work my way up?

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#5429128 - 11/18/14 01:25 PM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: Tinkle]
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Don't just shoot it next to him. Have the dog out running or doing something he enjoys and pop off the cap gun and act like nothing happened. Do it at a distance and slowly work closer to the dog. Also work up form the cap gun. Go slow and act like it is normal and you shouldn't have an issue.
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#5429134 - 11/18/14 01:27 PM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: Tinkle]
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Ok thank you.

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#5429135 - 11/18/14 01:28 PM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: Tinkle]
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I used the DT Systems Dummy Launcher, it uses 22 cal blanks in several power loads; launches the dummy as far as forty or fifty yards (farther if you use one of their plastic dummies), and by the time my pup heard the 28 gauge for the first time it was like he had always been around shotguns.

http://www.gundogsupply.com/d-t--systems-super-pro-series-dummy-launcher.html
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#5429304 - 11/18/14 02:24 PM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: stinkbelly]
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Originally Posted By: stinkbelly
Don't just shoot it next to him. Have the dog out running or doing something he enjoys and pop off the cap gun and act like nothing happened. Do it at a distance and slowly work closer to the dog. Also work up form the cap gun. Go slow and act like it is normal and you shouldn't have an issue.


In fact get someone else to pop the gun while you play fetch with your pup in a distance away than in time work closer More than just 1 day of it

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#5429357 - 11/18/14 02:39 PM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: Tinkle]
Tinkle Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
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Ok thank you all for your help and advice.

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#5429387 - 11/18/14 02:49 PM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: Tinkle]
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I would say get a retriever training program and stick to it. Once your pup is 6 months or so. You may want to look into some puppy type programs to prepare him for that also. Gun fire is one small aspect to the big picture
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#5429561 - 11/18/14 03:49 PM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: Jordan A]
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Originally Posted By: Jordan A
I would say get a retriever training program and stick to it. Once your pup is 6 months or so. You may want to look into some puppy type programs to prepare him for that also. Gun fire is one small aspect to the big picture
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#5430215 - 11/18/14 08:16 PM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: Tinkle]
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I definitely agree with the program but I would recommend not doing gunfire introduction now. Your pup is still very young and there is plenty of time for that. At your pups age I would recommend Hillman's puppy video. Jackie Mertens Sound Beginnings is also great. Both will fit with all other programs but I recommend Hillman because it is easier to follow if you have a lack of time and resources.

Good luck
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#5430376 - 11/18/14 09:18 PM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: Tinkle]
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Don't stress, she's only four months.
Mine will retrieve and sit and whoa at doors and swim at almost five months but I haven't gotten serious at all with her. All play right now.
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#5430831 - 11/19/14 08:19 AM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: Tinkle]
Tinkle Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
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Loc: Graham, Tx
Has anyone read retriever training by Tom Dokken, would it be a good read and a guide to training?

What are some other things I can do or read to help train my pup?

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#5430901 - 11/19/14 08:43 AM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: Tinkle]
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Come out and join Cowtown HRC. A great group of people w/a vast amount of knowledge.
They've helped me a ton w/my now 2 yr. old.
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#5430975 - 11/19/14 09:18 AM Re: 4 Month Old Pup [Re: Ol_Yeller]
Tinkle Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
Posts: 112
Loc: Graham, Tx
Originally Posted By: Ol_Yeller
Come out and join Cowtown HRC. A great group of people w/a vast amount of knowledge.
They've helped me a ton w/my now 2 yr. old.


I will definitely look into that, I am not too sure if I did join if I would be able to make very many meetings with living over an hour and a half away and with working, but I will definitely give it some thought.

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