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Developing Gun-Shyness

Postby UplandTroubador » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:12 pm

Recently, during a training session involving live gun fire, my GSP became acutely shy to a shotgun. This is a 1.5 year dog who has been properly introduced to gun fire and hunted over this past season.

The session started off well; there was no hesitation towards the gun or the gun fire. I shot several pigeons while standing right next to him.

Towards the middle of the session, I switched from a semi automatic 12 gauge to a 20 gauge side by side, and it was at this point that things started going south. After several shots, my dog stopped chasing birds, and went as far as to lie down well behind me every time the gun was fired. This is when I stopped the session.

And ideas what may have caused this, and/ or any tips as to resolving this problem would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: Developing Gun-Shyness

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:08 pm

Does the 20 SXS have a lot shorter barrel than the auto ?
It must be hurting the dogs ears.
I had a pup 1 time when introducing gun fire with a blank pistol was a little skittish , put the blanks in a rifle and he was fine, then move on to a shotgun.
Have never had a dog after a properly introduced to gun fire affected by a different gun. Forrest
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Re: Developing Gun-Shyness

Postby AverageGuy » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:13 pm

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Re: Developing Gun-Shyness

Postby GONEHUNTIN' » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:43 pm

Sounds to me that it's more likely training pressure and not gun shyness.
I just hate seeing birds die of natural causes unless I'm that natural cause.
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Re: Developing Gun-Shyness

Postby Doc E » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:30 pm

Have your Vet take a look in the ears.
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Re: Developing Gun-Shyness

Postby Densa44 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:28 pm

I'd go with training pressure too. Do you use a collar and was the dog wearing one? What happens if you move the dog further away from you when you shoot?

You don't want this to become a chronic problem, good luck.
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Re: Developing Gun-Shyness

Postby orhunter » Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:33 pm

What Densa said. Stop shooting over the dog.
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