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Introduction to diversion shots #7631523 10/13/19 07:57 PM
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I have had my 2 yo lab since she was around 10 months old, purchased as a started dog. She has been hunted over last duck season, through OB, CC, FF, Steady to shot and picked up well over 100 birds her first year. However, one thing we had never worked on was diversion shots and that unexpected shot to down a cripple if needed. During teal season, I did this on a teal and it scared her tail down just looked scared. Though this probably wasnt smart, but she hunted the rest of teal season with shooting from heel not bothering bothering her just fired up about the hunt. She is somewhat of a skiddish dog but the most biddable dog I have ever seen. So I guess i am looking for advise on how to teach these unexpected shots in the field when not at heel. I am thinking i need to almost go back to square one with gunfire fire and set up a simulated hunt with live/dead birds, shoot a mark from heel, then sent her on a long bird then shoot a primer popper in the distance and work closer over time? Any advise would be great.

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So this is more a reaction to the shot fired when the dog is out in the field/water?

What exactly does she do?

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Originally Posted by BradyBuck
So this is more a reaction to the shot fired when the dog is out in the field/water?

What exactly does she do?


Exactly, tried to re edit the post but it wouldn’t let me. But almost jumped a bit in the water it appeared, then tail down and appeared spooked, but still retrieved and came back to heel. My worry is turning this into a bigger problem if I don’t fix it before it’s too late.

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Originally Posted by BradleyMcCaw
Originally Posted by BradyBuck
So this is more a reaction to the shot fired when the dog is out in the field/water?

What exactly does she do?


Exactly, tried to re edit the post but it wouldn’t let me. But almost jumped a bit in the water it appeared, then tail down and appeared spooked, but still retrieved and came back to heel. My worry is turning this into a bigger problem if I don’t fix it before it’s too late.


I think you have the right idea. Have someone at a distance shoot while she's retrieving and gradually move closer.

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