Re: hunting with a dog
January 20 at 9:44am
I hunt with a golden, and yes (like any dog) they like to sniff around and romp in the marsh. What has worked for me is giving him a place of his own, a dog stand next to most of my blinds. When not in those, he's in a pirogue. The command he knows is 'load up', taught in back yard in offseason with a small platform I built. Yes on first few hunts in his first season I leashed him but as he learned of his 'place' it was never an issue thereafter. When hunts are slow, he just lays down on the stand, make sure it's large enough for that. I usually make them like 3 ft long by maybe 28 in wide. Now when we approach the blind to hunt, he goes straight to his spot.
Good luck, hope that helps you out.