Originally Posted by Animal_Mother
Just bought an 11 week old German Shorthaired Pointer. Excited to start training her, anyone have experience training bird dogs?
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