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Deer Hunting

Training a GSP

Uploaded on November 11, 2012

Hey guys,

As some of you may know a few months ago I posted a link about purchasing a gun dog. Well the Mrs and I finally came to a compromise and purchased a pure bred German Shorthair. It is a she and we get her in 5 weeks.

GSPs are dubbed the most verstalie gun dog and I plan on using her that way. I mainly want her to hunt upland birds and rabbits. But, I would also like to dabble in waterfowl and tracking wounded deer, turkeys, and etc. Anybody know any good books or DVDs that can help?

PS. I have some experience in dog training, but not much in gundog traning.

Thanks in advance.

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from PAShooter wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

You might find an organizatiopn that deals with versitle dogs. NAVHDA is one of them. You might want to search for a club near you. Check their web site. They can help you with the things you want. To train a dog for all the things you mentioned would be some task or you may be lucky and have an extraordinary dog, in forty years, I have had only one dog that would do all of those things well.

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from Williamk8987 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I know it is tough to train dogs to due mulitple things, but I know it is possible. My cousin for example trained his black lab to train pheasants and ducks. I'm mainly interested in hunting rabbits and pheasants. If by chance I can train it to track wounded animals or retrieve ducks it would be cool, but it's not my primary goal.

I narrowed it down to 2 books. Training the Verstaile Hunting Dog and Gun Dog. The Verstalie Hunting Dog book sounds like it takes a long time to train your pup. Gun Dog seems fast, but it is only geared to upland birds. But, I am sure I can use similar methods for birds to train a rabbit dog. Anyone have any luck with either book?

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from PAShooter wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I have had Chuck Johnson's book Training the Versatile Hunting Dog for years. Notice that he favors German Wirehaired Pointers GWP, as his versitile dog. A more detailed book without all the pictures is Training the Sporting Dog by D. Smith & E. Jones. This book can be obtained from the American Hunting Dog Club for $35. Proper training is no easy task,the maturity of your dog also comes into play. Some of the things you want from a dog may take several season before they "get it". However a good dog should be able to do these things and I have witnessed some GSP that did well in these areas. Don't get too frustrated with your training it takes time and repetition.

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from PAShooter wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

You might find an organizatiopn that deals with versitle dogs. NAVHDA is one of them. You might want to search for a club near you. Check their web site. They can help you with the things you want. To train a dog for all the things you mentioned would be some task or you may be lucky and have an extraordinary dog, in forty years, I have had only one dog that would do all of those things well.

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from Williamk8987 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I know it is tough to train dogs to due mulitple things, but I know it is possible. My cousin for example trained his black lab to train pheasants and ducks. I'm mainly interested in hunting rabbits and pheasants. If by chance I can train it to track wounded animals or retrieve ducks it would be cool, but it's not my primary goal.

I narrowed it down to 2 books. Training the Verstaile Hunting Dog and Gun Dog. The Verstalie Hunting Dog book sounds like it takes a long time to train your pup. Gun Dog seems fast, but it is only geared to upland birds. But, I am sure I can use similar methods for birds to train a rabbit dog. Anyone have any luck with either book?

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from PAShooter wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I have had Chuck Johnson's book Training the Versatile Hunting Dog for years. Notice that he favors German Wirehaired Pointers GWP, as his versitile dog. A more detailed book without all the pictures is Training the Sporting Dog by D. Smith & E. Jones. This book can be obtained from the American Hunting Dog Club for $35. Proper training is no easy task,the maturity of your dog also comes into play. Some of the things you want from a dog may take several season before they "get it". However a good dog should be able to do these things and I have witnessed some GSP that did well in these areas. Don't get too frustrated with your training it takes time and repetition.

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