Join your nearest NAVHDA chapter and attend training days. NAVHDA's "Train the Trainer" philosophy teaches dog owners and handlers how to get the most from their dogs. It's an opportunity to learn, to network with lots of like-minded dog owner, and just have fun. A day spent training dogs is a good day.
Our community recreation center offers a variety of dog training classes - from obedience to nose work and show handling. Many kennel clubs offer classes as well. Your dog benefits from the class, and from experiencing new situations and locations.
Some people prefer to have professional trainers do the training. Exercise caution and care when selecting a trainer. Ask for references and check them out. Not all hunting dog trainers are the same, and a trainer that understands and appreciates Griffs is essential. Griffs aren't Labs and they don't learn like Labs or GSPs.
This is ZZ as a pup, play bowing at a chukar on a tether. We were working toward increasing her interest and confidence with birds.
Blanche's super high drive was obvious from the get-go. She pointed the bird, and to prevent her from rushing forward and "busting" the bird, Rick picked her up.
Even when playing fetch with tiny baby puppies, we encourage them to retrieve properly to hand. When the pup voluntarily brings a toy, it's rewarded with a treat.
Jett was nervous about entering the icy cold water at first. We just let her work it out. When she decided to go in, it built her confidence because she conquered her concerns herself!
The first thing a diving dog has to know is how to get out of the pool. So we start by going down the ramp. Then the fun of diving off the dock begins.
There are many things about testing, hunting, and showing dogs that are beyond our control. Conditioning your dog at home is absolutely within your control. Make sure your dog (and you!) never fail because you weren't fit and ready to go!
Be intentional when you're working with your dog. Make sure you aren't teaching bad habits. A well-bred hunting pup comes to you with talent and instinct, but the pup needs someone to develop that talent and give him the confidence he needs to be successful as a hunter and a companion. Be patient. Enjoy the journey. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the pup's light come on!