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Blood trail training???

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Does anyone have any tips on training a puppy to bark once he locates a deer that he has bloodtrailed. I have good success with the trailing training, but I can't seem to get them to bark once they locate their deer. I use a bell to locate the dog. When the bell stops ringing,they are on the deer. My pup is 7 wks, and I want to get some feedback on this before I start him?

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Tommy
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hmm...
Grab the deer by the head and make the dog fight with it after he finds it.
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Hmm?
Sounds worth a try, Thanks.
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hmm...
I'm sure it depends alot on how vocal your dog is. If it doesn't work, at least when he stumbles up on a crippled deer he won't be caught so off guard. Good Luck.
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Bark
It's hard to get one to bark on a dead deer but I think it is instinct for a dog to bark when he finds a deer that is still alive. Atleast thats the case with a freind of mines dog. He is a lab and has probably 200 deer under his belt. You can look into getting a GPS unit/collar for him. They are pricey but well worth the money. They came out with them for coon hunters. He uses one on his lab and it is awsome.
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Blood trail training???
Yeah, my first couple of dogs went silent when they found dead deer, but act psychotic if it's still alive.
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Barking
Most dogs won't bark on a dead deer. In fact, the more they find, the least likely they are to bark. You just have to learn how to read your dog.
When mine finds a dead one, he comes back close enough for me to see him, then goes back to the deer. He acts like he's saying 'follow me'. The more he finds, the easier he is to read. My dog hates a bell, so I don't use one. Plus, I think a deer that is not dead will hear that bell a long way off and make it harder for the dog to catch up to it.
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Sounds familiar.
Yeah, Rville, that sounds familiar, mine seem to love the bell though, they all have been Australian Shepherds. When they see that collar and hear that bell they go buck wild(no pun intended). I have had them come back to me after they locate the dead ones, and I check for blood on the dog's face, that's why I prefer the lighter colored dogs, with some white on the face. I too have noticed a (LASSIE) quality as if they are saying, 'Over here Timmy, I got him!!!'

Some people think if you have a dog with you, that all they have to do is let him out of the truck and that's it. You still have to have some 'Woods Smarts' about you.

Thanks,
Tommy
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Barking
I use a lab for all my blood trailing. They are not supposed to bark, its just not instinctive for them. I have the same experience with the bell, when my dog hears it, he knows its go time. I also do not turn him loose immediately, i have a habit of finding the first spot of blood, just to make sure the deer is hit before i put him on it. Labs, and i am sure other dogs, do not always follow the blood trail, they will work several feet away, depending on wind and the cover that is around, so just because they are not following blood, doesnt mean they aren't on the deer.

The first deer my dog track, he came back to me and looked confused, I just told him 'show me' so now, I know when he comes to me and i tell him 'show me' and he turns around and darts right back to where he came from, he found the deer.
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Ain't it fun
Good to see so many people using blood dogs now. When I first got into this in 1996, it was a very rare thing. My latest dog just turned 2. He is 1/2 lab, 1/2 bloodhound. My best one yet. Just amazing how much you learn about what a deer will do after being shot. Besides that, it is a lot of fun. I think I would rather find a deer with my dog than kill one myself. And, if it is a nice buck or a kid's first deer, it only adds to satisfaction of it.
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