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Went to the Mills with my dad and brought the dog for his first experience in the field. I kept him on a 20ft. lead line because he still needs more basic obedience training. We managed to flush one hen for my dad! I think I might have made a mistake taking him out without any training at all. He got really sacred when the orange army started shooting. I will have to work with him on the shooting noise at home or at one of the dog training areas at a WMA.
 

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He is 14 months old and no, I have not conditioned him to gunfire. I will see if I can get some firecrackers or take him to a range and start him off far away and gradually bring him closer to the gunfire. Looking back now, it was a dumb thing to do bringing him there on a Saturday anyway.:(
 

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Get yourself a starter pistol. Launch a bird and then shoot the starter pistol, start off far away and work closer. The bird will take hi attention off the gunshot. Then once he will let you shoot the start pistol over him start the whole procedure over with shotguns. Don't take him to the range, its a horrid idea and may result in a gunshy pup.
 

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Don't take him to the range or use firecrackers. Best thing you can do is get some live birds and let him chase them. Fire a starter pistol over him and gradually move to a .410 or 20 guage. He should be crazy about birds and associate the gunfire with birds. I did this with my pup and the first shot with the 12 guage he didn't even flinch because he was locked onto the pheasant.
 

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Get yourself a starter pistol.
You're the second person that has said that. Sounds like a better way to go than with the firecrackers. Thanks!
 
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