The Puppy Stage With Brookstone Kennels Performance Gundogs - Hunting Dog Training

so when you're thinking about your puppy

there's there's several things that are

important and we're going to talk about

three or four of them today and one of

them where we want to start is bonding

and socializations and what do we mean

by that you want to build a relationship

with your dog and what it's just like

building a relationship with your wife

or your husband or your kids or anything

like that dogs are pack animals they

they live to have relationships when

they're out in the wild a wolf pack or

coyote anything like that they bond and

they build relationships within that

pack and that's exactly what you want to

do with your puppy you always want to

think in your mind I'm going to spend

the next 13 to 16 years with this dog

what kind of relationship do I want to

have with them so we start from day one

when the puppies are four to four and a

half weeks old and we wean them off

their mom and then we start right away

getting them bonded and socialized with

people and we let as many people handle

them as we can so that they begin to

associate human interaction with with

pleasure with making their life easy

those kinds of things and you want to

continue that on with your puppy for the

first six seven eight months spend a lot

of time with your dog bond with them do

do games we do a lot of hunt games we do

exploration walks those are all great

activities to build that bond and

socialize that dog with you as the as

the owner and the handler so it's

important that you do that you need to

set time aside everyday for that and the

end result of that is a happy dog that

wants to be with you that wants to go

out and work which then transitions into

your training very very well so it's

important that that you set time for

that rules and expectations that's the

next thing you need to think about with

your dog so you get your puppy home

they're 7 or 8 weeks old and there are

bundle energy and they're fun and you

want to hold them and you want to cuddle

them and all that's great but from day

one you need to be thinking in your mind

what's this dog gonna be like when it's

two years old it's now fully grown it's

gonna weigh 60 to 70 pounds they're

gonna be very strong and they're gonna

be very very fast so right from day one

you want to start thinking about what

that dog's behavior is gonna be when

it's two years old and set expectations

and rules with your puppy and what

we mean by that we don't want our dogs

jumping up on people we don't want our

dogs biting we don't want our dogs

chasing other dogs squirrels Birds all

those kinds of things those are rules

that from day one you want to set with

your dog those are not allowed and if

you'll be consistent with that what

you'll find is later on when you get

into your training you don't have to

worry about those things because you've

set the rules already in the dog's mind

as far as expectations goes if you've

put your money down for good genetics

your expectations should be this is

going to be a good working gun dog again

get yourself in the frame of mind that

we're going to do activities and we're

going to interact with the dog in such a

way that that transitions out into the

field whether you're a duck hunter

upland hunter or whatever it is you're

going to do with your gun dog set the

expectations up right from day one of

what the dog should do when it's with

you out in the field

so again expectations and rules go hand

in hand think about the good behaviors

you want out of your dog when it's older

and the behaviors that you don't want

and from day one allow the good

behaviors snuff out the bad behavior

straightaway so here we got one of our

puppies from our current diesel drew

litter and this is really his first time

out we're gonna introduce him to an

exploration walk so what we do with all

of our young pups is as soon as we can

we get them out and we start walking

them out into cover let them explore

what's in is all about how to use their

nose and you can see he's already

getting into that but that's not good

stuff and we'll do this straight through

for the first five or six or sometimes

even seven months we'll take them out

and just go on exploration walks and

what we do is they're off lead but

they're walking along with us and what

I'm doing is just letting them use their

nose if they want to go in and explore a

little piece of cover as we're walking

along I'll let them do it because what

we're doing is teaching them that if

they get their nose now and they can

learn all about scent and how to work

cover but right away I'll find a nice

little piece of cover tall grass

something like this and it'll bring my

pup up to it and what we do is play

what we call a little hunt game I'm just

going to get his attention

and you can use a tennis ball a little

piece of food anything you can toss out

that's going to encourage him to get his

nose down into that cover and use it to

find it in this case because they're a

little young and they don't see all that

well yet they're he's finding something

already in that grass and he's learning

how to root down in there and get

underneath of that cover and find

whatever it is he's smelling which is

exactly what we want this is great this

is actually a really good day to do this

because it's it's a little bit misty

it's sprinkling a little bit so we've

got some moisture on the ground that

moisture is holding scent so you have

good scenting days and bad scenting days

this happens to be one where we've got a

little bit of good luck on our side

today and the ground is just a little

bit wet so it's holding that scent what

I've done is I've just tossed in a

couple kibbles of food right around in

there so I'm encouraging him to just get

his nose down and get that

Aries getting down to it that's exactly

what I'm looking for

that's wonderful I'm teaching them that

if they get down underneath that cover

they're gonna find something this is

what happens when birds are wounded they

look for cover to get themselves hidden

down deep

I've seen it ducks get in flooded corn

and they'll actually dive and get down

underneath the corn to hide themselves

you've got to have a dog that's willing

and able to get down underneath of this

to find that bird otherwise you'll never

find the bird good bad good lad and at

this point I'm going to introduce my

hunt command he has no clue what it is

but we're gonna go ahead and start this

command in a in in his mind over time

he'll begin to associate this command

with get your nose down in hunt and for

us in our program the command is lost so

I'm just gonna start telling him lost

lost lost lost lost some of kurzon Gibbs

knows now good boy good lost lost lost

lost lost and I'm just going to do this

over time he will have heard this

command and he'll associate that look at

that that's beautiful getting right up

underneath that cover exactly what we

want good boy he'll associate when he

hears loss that means get your nose down

and hold an area get your nose down

until you find something this is how you

begin to teach this and we do it right

from day one

lost lost lost the boy good boy

lost lost really happy with that you can

see the drive you can see he's happy so

I'm studying this puppies body language

this whole time what I'm trying to do is

understand what he's telling me and what

he's telling me is he's happy with this

game which is what we want we want happy

dogs energetic dogs full of life we're

not going to put any pressure

sure or anything on especially at this

stage they don't know anything we want

everything to be fun and that's exactly

what's going on here you see his little

tails going here he's having a lot of

fun with this game this is what we want


good boy good boy

that was a good little exercise right

there so now we're just gonna now we're

just going to praise him a little bit

good boy that was a lot of fun