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i am getting a choclate lab and i am bringing him in the blind with me the first day i get him... should i shoot around him or is that not a good idea?
need advice this is my first dog
thank you
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how old is the dog?? ...well regardless, i wouldn't bring him hunting in a blind before shooting around him. U could ruin him for good by doing that. Just like all types of dog training, turn him on to shooting gradually. Start with low caliber and work your way up. Loud shotguns+amateur dog+confined spaces=scared shi*less!!!
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   beauxmac
he is six weeks old turns seven tomorrow... some one told me that i shouldt bring him in the blind but that is what my dad did with his dog, and he has been one of the best dogs i have seen. but i wanted more input from another source just to check... another question. Black or choclate?
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   Guy L
7 weeks is very young to me, especially if you have not done any basic obedience yet. Heck, the first day you get him, yall will be strangers and he will be scared. The last thing you need to do is bring him into the blind and starting shooting around him. ALSO, at 7 weeks, this pup is probably 15 pounds at best. Sounds like perfect sized ALLIGATOR FOOD in the warm teal season if he should wander near the water. That is a bad idea all around. Get a pro trainer or a good book like Water Dog to have him trained correctly.
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   lanco1
Whenever you bring a dog hunting that has not been properly introduced to gun fire you run the chance of causing gunshyness. Do some training for a few months. Realistically it is unlikely the dog will be ready for action till next year.
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I would say Hell to the NO!! He will be scared out of his mind. I would bond with this dog for a few more weeks. Teach him his obedience like sitting and here during that time. Then introduce him to a few of those pop caps that you throw on the ground and have a small "POP"! This will get him excited but he should not break and run. Make it fun. AFTER this has been done for a week or two then maybe move up to a few fire crackers of a kids snap gun. The idea is to keep him excited about the sounds but not afraid. Take it slow and you will have a friend to sit beside you in the blind for many years!! Next year brother!!
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   PISSONYA
with my dog from 7-10 weeks i just bonded with him, played fetch in the house and let him learn his name, from 11-15 weeks i started easy obedience and water entry, from 15 or so on we got down on it hard with more advanced stuff. i didnt shoot around my dog till 4 months and he was scared, but once he understood the principle of BOOM= he gets a good chance to retrieve, it was on. if i shoot a snake when im in the boat or anywhere he site and looks at me like "daddy, can i go now?" lol. here at 9 months old he knows handsignals, works off the whistle and is pretty good with sitting tight in the boat and not wanting to walk everywhere.

but my best advice is, bond with your dog as a puppy and grow with him, hell, just last night we watched duck commander vids together, both of us on the couch just relaxing for a busy weekend in the blind.

good luck
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i didnt use a gun with me yellow lab until he was 12 weeks old...i ruined the dog before him, i shot when he was around 8 weeks and he is scared was everything after...and for your 2nd question...color doesnt matter, but if you go by folklore yellow is the better housepet, chocolate is adhd, and black is stubborn but the smartest...male is easier to train but more stubborn; females are harder to train but more loyal...
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There's no way I would bring a puppy hunting the first day I get him. Labs are great dogs and with the proper training can be greatest hunting partner for many years. Do not rush him. When I had my yellow lab, I spent the first 2 - 4 weeks just bonding with her. By doing so, you are gaining your dogs trust and loyalty. I suggest you go and buy the video called "Water Dogs". It has some great training techniques. I used this video and I had my dog almost fully trained to hunt at 7 months old. Even at 7 months, I still had a ways to go as far as training her on real birds. Never ever shoot a loud gun next to a puppy. Sometimes you may get lucky and the dog will be ok, but most dogs will be gun shy the rest of their lives. After you have bonded with your dog and have taught it basic obediance, then you can start training it to hunt. At this point, I would get a toy cap gun and start off shooting it a few feet away from your dog while he's eating are when playing fetch. This way he graduly gets used to the sound of a gun. Then when the time is right, gradualy start shooting a shotgun, but not too close at first. Anyhow, get the video "waterdogs" and used these techniques and you will have a great dog. Most importantly, be patient as a great hunting dog doesn't happend over night. GOOD LUCK.
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   BIRD DOG
Thats a good way to ruin him.You need to teach him ALL the basics of obedience before you get ahead of yourself.
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   SHORT-MAG
The breeder I purchased my dog from has a conditioning cd that she played so the whole litter was being conditioned to gunfire. She started it when pups were 4 weeks. When I picked my dog up from her they were working other dogs at the pond with gunfire blanks and my puppy never flinched, just picked his head up, his ears perked up and then he went back to playing. He is not gun shy at all. Check the internet to get one of these cd's and like everyone else said it's too early. Get your obedience training done, then take him. Will be better for you and your dog.
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all of my dog i have gun broking them 6 weeks and under if u choose to introduce them to this so early u need to shoot about 20 feet way from them the first time and see how the pup reacts if they turn and look then get closer and shot again but if it seems to scare her walk further away and shot but something else that would work well is have some1 else shot and u hold and reassure the pup that it is ok if u are plaing on haveing the dog sent to a trainer wachout who u sent it to i had a bad experance with one
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As everyone else said you are more than likely going to ruin your dog by doing this. I wouldnt even take him into the blind with you the first couple of months you have him, this is especially true if you have to take a boat or pirogue to your blind. Everything you do with your dog needs to be done in strides. All you do is either risk the chance of scaring your dog away from hunting or creating a dog with bad manners in the blind. I think obedience should be 100% before your dog goes into the blind bc you dont want him to think that is a time where he can run around and act like an idiot. Trust me its easier to teach the right thing first than to have to change a bad habit.
To introduce guns try shooting cap guns while he is feeding and over a period slowly move closer till you can shoot it right next to him. Obviously this depends on your dog, if you see no signs of him being scared then you can speed it up alittle but never go from step 1 to step 10 in a day. The point of this is to get him to associate a positive thing with the sounds of guns.
Also with a 7 week old I wouldn't even worry about guns most people dont start basic retriever training till around 4 to 6 months, some even later.
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just as a thought there a lot of ppl on her talking about a thing that they seem to know nothing about as most trainer will tell u the earlier u start ur gun dog the easier it will be as in only giving them bumper to play with no balls or bottles give them a bird to play with so they lick feathers earlier seems to be a prob at the get older to introduce them to and as a tip i have seen 7 month old dogs that are probably better trained than half the ppl on here and by that i mean on hand signals and all
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   duke1759
First thing like my dad always told me.Is you have to be smarter than the dog. Them lab's are smart. Just kidding,have fun with what I think is the best dog's around
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   Jared H
beauxmac, i see you are getting alot of responses from many different people. my opinion is definitely not. But dont go by what I think, go by what the professionals think. There is a book called Waterdog and it is written by Richard Wolters and Art Smith. It is listed as $17.13 on Amazon.com, I have a copy and I have raised a chocolate lab with the basics coming from that. It goes through EVERY single detail about raising a lab. It is well worth the money.
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Id take the dog only after it was acclimated to me and acclimated to gunfire and only when fully trained--I WOULD NEVER TAKE A DOG TEAL HUNTING TO BE EATEN BY A GATOR- I would take it to a dove field if acclimated to me, gunfire and after it was trained -just my humble old man opinion
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At 7 weeks old, this dog will be ready to go next hunting season. Make him your buddy first, and always remember to keep it fun for the dog. Don't scold him when he doesn't bring the bird or toy back. Retrievers have it in their blood to retrieve, and be passionate about it. Don't make it work for the dog, and they will do anything you ask and more to make you happy.
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I am no expert dog trainer, but I can tell you from the dogs I have raised that the very first thing you need to do is get the dog to trust you. Once the dog trusts that you will keep him safe he will do just about whatever you want him to do. On the first day you get him the dog doesn't know you at all. I'm not saying that the dog is too young I just think you should establish trust in your dog first.
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   duckdough
Unless your getting this dog from a Big City Hard Core Gang. DON'T DO IT. Hey but if you do decide to ruin your new dog you will be able to tell people about how your dog is the greatest hunting dog ever. Then you can tell them the only problem is when he sees anything that locks like hunting stuff he runs away. Then you can tell them that someone must have done something stupid to him when he was young. I have heard that great story many times.
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