When to train a puppyDear Trainers,
I have a 7 week old Weim and I'd like to start him on pointing. Will it just happen or should I try to encourage it? When should I introduce birds and the gun?
Hold on a second! Take it easy, your pup doesn't even have all of it's shots yet! At least wait until the pup is 12 weeks old and has had it's second round of vaccainations before taking it afield.
Have fun with your pup. Bond with your pup. Let it know you are the one responsible for feeding, sheltering & keeping them safe. Build confidence, introduce your pup to a VERY lightweight leash and collar.
SHORT training sessions, (5 minutes long) 3-5 times a day is a good start. Get the pup responding to it's name. Fun fetch with a small training bumper, NO TENNIS BALLS!!! (they learn to hardmouth)......
By the time the dog is 3-4 months old, introduce them to a training table. If you aren't familiar with one, go to NAVHDA's homepage, you'll find directions on how to make one there. The URL is:
Genetics plays a huge role in aptitude and ultimately performance. Not to say that a dog from show blood can't excel in the field. Just that's it's harder for the trainer.
Here's a key.........if the dog isn't having fun, it's a safe bet that you aren't either. My point being, let the dog grow up, build confidence, and slowly introduce them to new tasks as you deem appropriate.
Weims are not "out of the box" hunters like alot of GSP's and Pointers. My older bitch, Aja, was 3 years old before she was steady to shot. She's now 5 and a half and rated SDX by the WCA.
I'll assure you of one thing. If you come down too hard on your pup, or expect too much too soon and start hacking it, the dog's range will be affected.
Never shoot a bird your dog doesn't point. It all starts with "whoa". I'm a true believer in the philosophy that whoa traing is 60% of Gun Dog training. If your dog will stay put, anywhere, anytime, under any conditions, you are more than half way home. It can also save the dogs life.
So to reiterate, in order:
- training table
- whoa training
- yard training
- field training
Any other questions? Go to: http://www.greyman.com That's my website, it has a bunch of useful training tips.
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