Originally Posted by buddaspankedu
Start small. Dont introduce her to everything at once. Take it slow. Give her a bird wing to mess around with to see if she likes it. Use a cap gun with some chukars to simulate a shot so she gets used to the loud high pitched noise. "Hunt" like this multiple times.
DO NOT LET HER JUMP UP ON HER HIND LEGS!!!!!!!!!!! At all. For any reason.
That is one thing that leads to arthritis and hip problems at a youngish age
When your transporting her to the field, if you bought birds to use, keep them in a seperate spot of the vehicle so it doesnt mess up her nose.
MAKE SURE SHE DOES NOT RUN MORE THAN 15 YARDS FROM YOU!!!!!! Keep control of her very well. I know GSP's like to run fields a lot
I do plan on starting slow with her. I plan on spending the first 2-3 weeks strictly on obedience training (learn her name, come, sit, stay/"woah"). I'm hoping to introduce her to birds in about a month, again taking it slow.
I'll definitely do what I can to keep her from jumping, that **** pisses me off and I've broken all other dogs I've had of that. When do you think I should introduce an e-collar to her? And I'm hoping with her mastering the woah command and the aid of an e-collar I'll keep her within 15-20yds. I'm open to any other pointers any of you might have.
I just picked her up yesterday and didn't get home with any daylight left so I played with her for about an hour in the yard til it got dark after work today. She already seems to be picking up on her name and the command "come". She found one of the other dogs Kong and brought it to me so we played fetch for a while. I was pretty impressed at how she was retrieving and coming right back to me. I like that she was holding the kong right by me letting me grab it right out of her mouth, just like I would want with a bird. I've been keeping her in the crate and going to be building a kennel for her in the garage but she hasn't pissed/**** in the house yet and hasn't be too whiney. Hope she continues to impress me.