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#6387651 - 07/29/16 06:28 PM Dogs and live birds?
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Anyone work there lab with live mallards? If so what do you do?
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#6387744 - 07/29/16 07:45 PM Re: Dogs and live birds? [Re: johnboy91]
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Set up a makeshift blind, use your duck call, make it just like you are hunting. Have someone throw the duvk from behind a tree, and shoot the bird, now work your dog. Then repeat.
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#6387925 - 07/29/16 10:12 PM Re: Dogs and live birds? [Re: johnboy91]
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John, I have done lots of water work with my dog. He has no trouble with live birds. Worst part is when they start diving on him. We try and prevent that situation.
Train now with the dockin and set out your decoys.
There are some great training videos out there. Check out uklabs.com, Wildrose kennels on Facebook, and YouTube training Ms. Mazie, and also 6 months to 6 ducks with Zeke and Greta. Great info!
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#6388164 - 07/30/16 10:20 AM Re: Dogs and live birds? [Re: johnboy91]
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No need to pay or find live mallards. Pigeons work just as well- most reputable trainers use them exclusively
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#6388212 - 07/30/16 11:20 AM Re: Dogs and live birds? [Re: johnboy91]
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Thanks guys I'll check out those videos on YouTube
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#6389547 - 07/31/16 05:09 PM Re: Dogs and live birds? [Re: johnboy91]
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Most trainers do use pigeons especially with young dogs. However using ducks is also really common. The exposure to ducks is beneficial for the dog.

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#6390202 - 08/01/16 08:57 AM Re: Dogs and live birds? [Re: Leonardo]
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Originally Posted By: Leonardo
Most trainers do use pigeons especially with young dogs. However using ducks is also really common. The exposure to ducks is beneficial for the dog.


Makes sense. I have always hunted w "alternative" breeds. Yea, talked to guy in Tx and said they do use mallards on labs for tune ups and started dogs from time to time
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#6391099 - 08/01/16 09:41 PM Re: Dogs and live birds? [Re: johnboy91]
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well hello johnny boy

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