Blind introductions

I did a little goose hunting last year which meant sitting in blinds or behind trees waiting for them to fly over. Mia, Elvis and Doc were not impressed with this type of hunting.

Sophie peers out of the duck blind

Sophie peers out of the duck blind

So when a good friend gave me a new portable duck blind, I decided it would be good to introduce the guys to hunting from blinds. It took a while to figure out how to set it up, but once I decided to stop following directions, it went up much faster.

 

Elvis, Mia and Doc inspect the blind

Elvis, Mia and Doc inspect the blind

After letting the guys investigate and inspect the blind, I did about 5 minutes of training for their first session. I didn’t focus on how long they stayed in the blind, but rather, looking for triggers that would cause them to break.

Doc and Elvis check out the blind from inside

Doc and Elvis check out the blind from inside

With each dog, I called them into the blind and gave them the “stay” command, then walked out of sight for a couple of minutes. They all did well with that so the next step was to go into the house and wait a few seconds before going back outside and releasing whoever was in the blind. Again, they all did well with that little exercise.

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4 Responses to Blind introductions

  1. Shirley Bauer says:

    Good dogs! Good luck with your training Robert!

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  2. I wonder how they will do with birds in the picture? That will be the hard part I suppose. We Practice with the dogs being on dog stands from the time they are pups. Many times hubby hunts flooded corn so they need to stay on the stand. That can be hard too when birds are in the picture.

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    • Birds are the big test for sure! I think I’ll start them out on bumpers with wings and them migrate to birds once they get the bumpers down. If they’re steady in the blind, everything should be a blind retrieve for them which may help keep them steady. I’ve never used a stand, and up until now haven’t been too strict on their steadiness in the blind so it’ll be a change for both of us.

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