Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Hampshire, USA
I train neutrality to gunfire like this:
As a pup, or young dog, I take them to the range and park the car at a distance, windows closed. They become acclimated pretty quickly to the gunfire. Next, I take them out and play ball, or do some light OB at a distance. I keep it all fun, and don't pay any attention to the gunfire in the background.
Then, I move the vehicle a bit closer, with every session. I leave the windows up, or partially up, which muffles the sound a bit. Repeat as necessary: every dog is different, so their progression is very individual as well. I have had great luck with this method. I like a dog that is gunfire neutral. If the dog hears it, and glances toward it, then refocuses, I personally don't see that as faulty...maybe for strictly a sport dog there are point deduction issues, but I prefer a dog that is attentive to it's environment, so I don't personally have a big issue with it, though some may disagree.
I have considered using the gundog training CD's, and if anyone should know about gunfire issues, it should be the gundog people. I think it's important to steal....errrr...."borrow" every tool we can from other venues...maybe it will be very valid for the working dog crowd as well. I'll let you know how it works out if I give it a shot at some point. Since not everyone has the ability to be near a range with any frequency, this might be a viable option.
@Techie: Who are you training with? Did you end up linking up with Jeff R.? PM me if you prefer
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Last edited by Tim Connell; 12-26-2011 at 12:50 PM.