OK, hold your horses – I mean before you put on your best hunting boots and head to the wild to hunt with your furry pal, you need to understand that you must ensure your dog is fully ready for it. Hey, don’t get me wrong – although your beloved four-legged friend may already be a PRO in this field, proper conditioning and preparation remain vital.
On the other hand, if your dog is just about to baby steps in hunting, then it is a must to make sure that he is also adequately prepared for it. And NO, I do not mean taking your dog to a hunting boot camp. I simply mean that it is 100% important to know how to train your dog to hunt effectively.
As with other activities you enjoy doing with your pet pal, he also needs proper and sufficient training, exercising, conditioning, and caring. Remember that hunting is a skill – which inevitably means that it takes an effort to actually improve in performing it. There are important steps you need to take to make sure that your hunting partner has everything it needs before hunting. Here are the five most important.
Check your dog’s condition
Checking your furry pal’s condition means checking important health aspects including his weight, feeding, and his feet. Firstly, it is vital to check whether your dog is not burdened with extra weight. Think of it this weight – if being overweight is tough for human, this is the same with animals too. As a general rule, feed in the morning to get rid of extra weight, and feed at night to put on extra weight.
See to it that your dog drinks fresh water all the time. Make sure you bring clean drinking water for him during hunting trips. Checking your dog’s feet condition is also important. Make sure that the nails are not too long as they could result in sore. Check for cracks and cuts, and apply aloe vera goo to soothe them.
Conduct Training and Re-training
Setting time to learn how to train your dog to hunt is extremely important. Hunting skills do not develop overnight, and it may take months before your hunting pal can fully grasp the idea. Re-training a few months before the season is likewise highly recommended in order to keep his hunting edge sharp. Experts find it useful and effective to set aside at least half an hour a day training session at least four times in a week. To sharpen the skills of your the first-time hunters, seeking professional help may be necessary.
Practice on Marking
These two tips are particularly important for seasoned dog hunters. Using about four goods marks in one day is an excellent way to keep your dog track. Complex training on markings can be carried out in grasslands or woodlands. To effectively train your dog on markings, make sure that your markings would require them to over fences, ditches, muddy puddles, waters, or any form of barriers.
Do Obedience Check
Checking your dog’s obedience is one of the most important rules of good hunting preparation. Of course, you would want your dog to keep itself in control so as to achieve the best results during the hunting itself. Reinforcing obedience through regular drills during the off-season is paramount to keep this virtue intact. Just like learning how to train your dog to hunt effectively, instilling the fundamental obedience command in the memory of your dog is just as important. To do this, dedicate at least a quarter of an hour doing obedience drills on a daily basis.
Purchase Safety Gears
Never underestimate the usefulness and help provided by having complete safety gears. From getting the right gloves, medical kit, a reflective collar for your dogs – all of these can help alleviate the risks of getting injured while preparing for the big hunting season. An identification badge for your dog and an orange vest are also two of the major must-have’s every hunting and pre-hunting season.
Once you have everything ready – you can now go and get your new pair of the best hunting boots, and take your furry pal hunting. Remember this simple phrase about dogs and hunting – preparation is everything. Most importantly, enjoy your time with your hunting partner.
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