How to Train a Dog to Stay Close in the Field

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A great way to train a dog to stay close in the field is to hand feed the dog three small meals a day, which associates the handler with frequent food visits. Understand the genetics and training requirements of herding and hunting dogs with great tips from a certified dog trainer and behavioral counselor in this free video on pet care.

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Hi my name is Teena Patel with the University of Doglando. Today's segment we are going to talk about how to keep a dog close to you in the field. One of the most important aspects of this type of training is to be sure that you have your dog already pre-exposed to this. And what I mean by this is, if you know that you are getting a dog who is going to be a hunting companion with you or partner or working in the field with you you want to make sure that you have done all of your homework in finding the best breeder possible. Because a lot of this is trained, and is genetic into the dog. A good dog that comes from very, very good hunting backgrounds or field work backgrounds instinctively knows to keep checking in with the handler. And then of course there is a little bit of fine tuning required from that handler to train the dog effectively. But one of the things that I would recommend, especially when you have a puppy to start of with is do not feed your dog out of the bowl for the next six weeks let's say. If your dog is getting fed three times a day breakfast, lunch, and dinner you will package that into ziploc bags, and carry it around with you. Have your dog attached to your hip so that your dog recognizes that you don't have any hand control over the leash. Have him or her attached to you, and just practice morning, lunch, and dinner in a field, wide open field where there is a lot of distractions walking around. Each time your dog follows you reward it until you are done feeding him or her his entire meal. So basically it would look something like this. Scout are you ready? And my body is just guiding her to follow me, as she follows me I will keep giving her all of her food. If she takes off I am going to go the opposite direction, and hope that she follows me. If she follows me I will reward her again. As she gets older, and develops some hunting experience you will see her become very aroused at the sight of a squirrel, a lizard anything fast moving. So what you might want to do is once you are done working on a short six foot leash move to a thirty foot leash such as this one. Or even anything longer, and this you can just have dragging behind the dog. It will help that if your dog chooses to dart off you can correct him, and reel her into you. Many field dog trainers choose to have their dogs started off with a remote trainer, an E trainer, and sorry an E collar. And you want to make sure that if you are working in the field or if your dog is going to be a hunting dog you get your dog started off very, very early. It is not something that I am very huge about getting your dog transitioned onto that at an older age, but the younger you get your dog acclimated, and use to an E collar the faster you will find your dog learning. And that is a little bit about how to raise a dog to stay close to you in the field.

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