Using pigeons as positive reinforcement we start training Rooster to be steady to wing. We have found this method of training is easy on young dogs, and makes introducing the “Whoa” command fun for the dog.

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  1. Raylin

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Using the bird as a pointing tool. ???

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  2. Evan Dckens

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I duck hunt that training is more for doves

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  3. Dmy1man

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    but my dog only point at food

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  4. Kruffle _

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Nice vid but where did you keep the piegons at lol

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  5. Meredith Hopper

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Nice vid 🙂 if you enjoy training your dog and teaching new tricks, or make him behave easily, google Daryl Arktrom’s website for a video course that covers it all.

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  6. Mackenzie Goff

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    *gestures with pigeon"

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  7. NOC1TIME

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Great stuff as usual Chad. We were laughing while watching think wow those are well behaved pigeons in that bag.
    Which seems to hold an endless amount of birds. We were waiting from a rabbit of card to appear lol.
    I really appreciate you sharing this with people. I am getting Hilda the shorthair next 15th at 8 weeks. Getting excited

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  8. equinesport

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    thanks for your videos I am getting a Brittany puppy and I am a amateur at training hunting dogs so this is incredibly helpful.

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  9. RadPyro1

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I'm glad I found your channel, you have a lot of useful info. I'm looking to start training my 18 month old Weimaraner and 9 month old GSP. I hope you enjoy answering many questions. Cheers

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  10. Willow Creek Kennels

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    That's a matter of perspective. Some feel strongly about doing things the classic way and some like to utilize modern technology. We don't feel that using an e collar ruins a dog, rather, it aides as a learning tool that allows for faster learning, better consistency and more control.

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  11. Willow Creek Kennels

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    We use a lot of our breeding animals for guiding in Minnesota and Texas. For us, it is much more time efficient to train the dogs to be steady to wing instead of taking them all the way to steady to shot. If we end up wanting to put a title on a dog we will develop additional steadiness. There's a lot of action happening during our guided hunts and we've been very successful with the steady to wing dogs.

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  12. Willow Creek Kennels

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Rooster is a German Shorthaired Pointer.

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  13. Mike Burton

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    What breed is he?

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  14. Mike Stallman

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Hi. Love your informational training videos.

    Question. Why don't you train to wing AND shot?

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  15. Willow Creek Kennels

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    The clicker is used to mark the behavior at close range. We mark a sit with a click and provide a treat. Through repetition, the pups will become consistent.
    The clicker is most affective at 0-10 yard range or so.
    Check out the clicker training video's for a more detailed process explanation.
    Thank you,
    Chad

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  16. ihartpills

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    What is that clicker you are using?! How far can they hear it from? Also is it similar to like me whistling, or like if I have a field whistle?!

    Also would snapping my fingers work? I am getting a french brittany puppy next week and want to start her on the right path from jump.

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  17. Eric W

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Great video. I have a 4 month old male GSP that I am going to get started on live birds. Thanks for the video.

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  18. Catherine Greene

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    just pulling pigeons out of nowhere.

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  19. Jessica Sutton

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    i have a 13 week old gsp he shows brilliant prey drive…and awesome pointing skills…how old should he be when we start training him to hunt/ shoot in the feild with him??

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  20. Willow Creek Kennels

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    @340bowtechRage We work with the pigeons until the dog demonstrates understanding and steadiness. We teach them everything we can with pigeons before moving on to other birds. It's cheaper and we have control of the pigeons. They always fly up and away so they are never caught.

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  21. Willow Creek Kennels

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    @vgdhdfhfghh No, they don't get sick.

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  22. Willow Creek Kennels

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    @phl2bk Funny! Thanks 🙂

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  23. Willow Creek Kennels

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    @TRabocse Rooster is a German Shorthaired Pointer. We train all breeds and breed GSPs at Willow Creek.

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  24. Willow Creek Kennels

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    @jman432432 Contact a local dog trainer or a shooting preserve. Try talking to any local dog clubs and ask where you can find birds. You can also put an ad in the paper.

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  25. Willow Creek Kennels

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    @StonefaceKennel Thanks for the feedback. We have a tour of the kennel on our video to-do-list!

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  26. StonefaceKennel

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I really do like this idea and am going to try it out when I another pup to bring on. I sure wish you guys would post a video tour of your grounds and facilities. That would be nice to see.

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  27. Tomas Escobar

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Hi .. I'm looking for hound dog and I'm not very familiar with all the breeds , but I do like "rooster" .. what breed is he ? Do you guys have this breed in your at Willow Creek Kennel ? Thx.

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  28. weasterlin

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    @gjumandem haha, he is trying to get him in a pointing position that he wants. You have to "mold" them into how you want them to stand while pointing

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  29. John karpentar

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    do dogs get sick if they teste blood

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  30. Willow Creek Kennels

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    @340bowtechRage This is something that is done in typically for a short time before transitioning to the field. It all depends on your dog though.

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  31. sockeymeow

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Great idea

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  32. frank luksa

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    hey chad enjoyed the video ,will try this with next pup .only ?is how long would you be doing this for and is there any concern about developing sight pointing ?

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  33. sean bouchard

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    ok idk if this is a werid question but how can i train my gsp to do what your doing with rooster? cause i know with the bird around here he go crazsy over birds and chase them then i have to tell him to come back and yell his name

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  34. Willow Creek Kennels

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Dogs are preditors, and preditors see movement very well. If you watch closely, when Rooster is coming back, I use a flick of the wrist to simulate a wing on a string, to stimulate pointing instinct. Rooster did not need any training for this session. We will have other videos up soon. We are trying to make one a month. Good luck.

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  35. Willow Creek Kennels

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Rooster is 5 months old in this video. We start as early as 8 weeks with this process, but be sure the bird flies away from the dog to stimulate prey drive and not fear.

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  36. ss109guy

    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    How old was that dog or how old do you recommend to start intro to birds. Thanks very much for taking the time to put this out. I really appreciate it.

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