September 11, 2009 at 7:36am
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.