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hunting with a dog

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ok i have a 1 year old golden and hes about ready for duck hunting only problem i have with him is keeping him next to me in the blind. how do i fix this problem ? he knows stay but his curiosity gets the best of him. he consistently wants to play in the marsh
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leash
keep him on a leash.
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hunting with dog
I would suggest when working with your dog at home make it seem as real as possible. Set up a blind in your yard, blow your call like you would in a real hunting situation. Dont throw a dummy for a while make him sit next to you with a choke collar and a leash on and when he gets board and wants to wonder off let him know that is not what he is supposed to do. When he does sit without wondering off throw him a dummy as a reward for sitting still.
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stake
i have a stake that is pushed into the ground and a short leash that holds him there... bought it at gun dog supply, now he knows he can't go anywhere
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leash
The reason I am suggesting the leash is because last year was my dog's first year hunting. I had him on a leash all last season to make sure he knew he was not going to leave my side unless i sent him on a retrieve. This season he has not hunted once with the leash and never wanders off unless he's sent.
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e-collar
You may not be a big fan of it, but have you considered using an e-collar?

If you do go that route, here is a great training DVD:

http://www.gundogsupply.com/lardydvd.html
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Re: hunting with a dog
I'm in the same boat with my 1 year lab. He'll stay in the blind for a few minutes, but will sneak off to wade in the impoundment. Was thinking about trying an e-collar, but they can get pricey. Anyone know anything about this one and if it's worth the money? https://www.sportingdogpro.com/dog-training-collars/waterfowl-hunting/sportdog-wetland-hunter-425x
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Re: hunting with a dog
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.
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Re: hunting with a dog
Well this makes me miss the hell out of my hunting partner. The first year hunting with my one year old Lab was by ourselves. An untrained dog will aggravate the hell out of your partners. I have listen to so many stories of guy complaining about someones worthless dog. You have to focus on training. The hunting is second at least in the first year.
I realized real quick that she wanted to see and not hide in the blind. I would set up in tall grass on the edge and sit on my bucket with a raked out hole on side of me. As long as she could see she was happy and I could rest a hand on her. The years after that I would just rake a hole in front of the blind where she could see.The funny thing was she could hear and spot ducks better then me over time. She also new the difference and didn't get distracted by other type birds. Now we did have a lot more birds to shoot at back then and I had the luxury of letting groups pass while coaching her in the field. The other hunters in later years loved having her for the hunt. You never lose a bird. Also I don't think ducks worry about seeing dogs. Its the Jack in the box that scares the hell out of them. Doug,
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