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The Best Arizona hunting dog trainers can not possibly get along without a training table of some sort. This is a great way to teach dog training obedience. A Retriever Training Table is used on a daily basis for all sorts of things. It is one of the most useful pieces of equipment in a gun dog trainer's arsenal, many of which aren't even directly related to any form of training. Nothing beats a well-trained flushing dog for exciting upland action on birds, water fowl, and small game. A Retriever, Spaniel, or Setter puppy can be introduced to the table when they're about eight weeks old and train with it daily, they quickly learn to feel at ease with it. From then on they will jump on the table without hesitation for various kinds of checkups such as cleaning and patching cuts, removing burrs, trimming or repairing broken toenails, and all sorts of other health and training matters where they are under total control. A retriever is a type of gun dog that retrieves game for a hunter. Generally Arizona gun-dogs are divided into three major classifications: retrievers, flushing spaniels, and pointing breeds. Retrievers were bred primarily to retrieve birds or other prey and return them to the hunter without damage. Although spaniels and some pointing breeds routinely retrieve game, and many retrievers are skilled in finding game, retrievers are distinguished in that non-slip retrieval is their primary function. As a result, retriever breeds are bred for soft mouths and a great willingness to please, learn, and obey. A soft mouth refers to the willingness of the dog to carry game in its mouth without biting into it. "Hard mouth" is a serious fault in an Arizona hunting dog and is one that is very difficult to correct. A hard-mouthed dog renders game unpresentable or at worst inedible. The Golden Retriever and Labrador's willingness to please and trainability are popular as hunting assistance dogs in Southern Arizona. Introduce them to the gun dog table at a young age because it does not associate it only with forcefetch or feel that getting on it is a punishment. An Arizona wants it to be an enjoyable place where the dogs also get scratched and brushed and where you can tell them what fine dogs they are. In addition it's good to have the dog at the hunter's level so you don't have to constantly bend over to examine or brush him or put dog bumpers in his mouth when teaching him to "hold."

Arizona Hunting Dogs

There are other advantages to a dog training table that most people don't immediately appreciate. For one, the table really develops a self-confidence, self-reliance, and confidence in you (which ultimately shows itself in the form of compliance with your commands). Once Arizona gun dogs are familiar with the training table and being attached to the overhead cable, all hunting dog breeds become quite proud of themselves as they strut up and down. As they gain confidence on the table, they become bolder and learn to succeed. It also has a way of transforming an un-manageable outlaw, making him more willing to yield to your training - the table has a way of "leveling the playing field." And all of this happens with nothing more than getting him accustomed to being on the retriever training table. In order to work properly as a gun dog, a retriever should be trained to perform the following tasks:
Remain under Control Retrievers are typically used when waterfowl hunting. Since a majority of waterfowl hunting employs the use of small boats in winter conditions retrievers are trained to remain under control sitting calmly and quietly until sent to retrieve. This is often referred to as "steadiness". Steadiness helps to avoid an accidental capsizing, disrupting the hunter's aim or the possible accidental discharge of a firearm which could cause serious harm or death to others in the hunting party or to the dog itself. A steady dog is also better able to “mark” downed game. Mark downed game Marking is the process of watching for a falling bird or multiple birds. When the command "mark" is given the dog should look up for incoming birds and remember where each bird falls. Well trained retrievers are taught to follow the direction the gun barrel is pointing to mark where the bird/s fall. Once the game is downed the handler will command the dog to retrieve the game. The dog’s ability to remember multiple “marks” is extremely important and trainers use techniques to improve a dog’s marking and memory ability. Perform a Blind Retrieve When hunting waterfowl a retriever's primary job is to retrieve downed birds. There are times when a dog will not see the game fall. In this case retrievers are trained to take hand, voice, and whistle commands from the handler directing the dog to the downed game for retrieval. This is called a “blind retrieve”. Precision between the dog and handler is extremely useful and desired so as to minimize retrieval time and limit the disturbance of surrounding cover. The majority of blind retrieves in the field are made within 30-80 yards of the gun however a good retriever/handler team can perform precise blind retrieves out to 100+ yards and better. Retrieve to Hand Although some hunters prefer to have a bird dropped at their feet the majority of handlers require that the dog deliver the game to hand, meaning that once the dog has completed the retrieve it will gently but firmly hold the bird until commanded to release it to the handler’s hand. Delivery to hand reduces the risk of a crippled bird escaping, as the bird remains in the dog's mouth until the handler takes hold of it. Honoring When hunting with multiple dogs, a retriever should remain under control while other dogs work, and wait its turn. This is important because having multiple dogs retrieving game simultaneously can cause confusion. This is one reason why many handlers use the dog's name as the command to retrieve. Shake on Command Following a retrieve a well trained dog will not shake off excess water from its fur until after the delivery is complete. A dog shaking water from its fur in a small boat at worst risks capsizing the craft in cold winter conditions and at best will most likely shower hunters and equipment. Also a dog shaking while still holding the game in its mouth could damage the bird to the point of making it unfit for the table. To avoid these mishaps trainers will use a distinct command releasing a dog to shake. Retrievers are often used in a secondary role as an upland flushing dog. Turf dogs must work in a pattern in front of the hunter seeking upland game birds. The retriever must be taught to stay within gun range to avoid flushing a bird outside of shooting distance. Remain Steady to Wing and Shot When hunting upland birds, the flushing dog should be steady to wing and shot, meaning that it sits when a bird rises or a gun is fired. It does this in order to mark the fall and to avoid flushing other birds by unnecessarily pursuing a missed bird.

Best Arizona Gun Dogs

Typically any dog breed can be used as a hunting retriever if trained to do so. The Boykin Spaniel is most often worked as a non-slip retriever, though it originated as a duck and turkey flushing dog. Many would classify it as a flushing spaniel rather than as a retriever. Similarly, the American Water Spaniel could be listed in either category. Dogs such as the Poodle, which are rarely used in hunting today, are difficult to classify, but their traditional job was that of a retriever. Other Arizona gun dogs include; American Water Spaniel, Barbet, Chesapeake Bay, Labrador, German Water Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Poodle, Spanish Water Dog.

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