Today we’re going to give you some instructions how to teach your GSP puppy to point pigeons.
There are several steps to be done:
First you have to hide a pigeon in the grass.
You also have to keep in mind wind direction. Even if you don’t have a lot of wind you still do have a wind direction.
Another thing to keep in mind is where you’re putting your launcher. You must be sure that you know exactly where that launcher is so you can help your puppy, and that your puppy cannot accidentally walk into that launcher too closely.
We don’t recommend using flags or ribbons or things like that to mark where your launchers are. You’re working with puppies. And they can get distracted and just run into them without using their noses. They just head straight to the flag instead of searching the field. So instead of that we recommend physical landmarks. In that way you know where certain clumps of grass are. And that works really well to hide a launcher in. And then you just need to keep in mind where those are.
- one is that you just fold that pigeon in, close the arm back across the top and there’s a rolling bar. When you push the red button it locks into place.
- the other option how to train a German Shorthaired pointer to point birds is: there is a little trapdoor and you can once lock everything into place and make sure the pigeon is all folded up nice.
The launch is pretty quick and really responsive to our remote which is really important for timing.
I want you to keep in mind that if your puppy and your timing aren’t perfect, and your puppy works in on top of the launcher don’t launch that accidentally. Because if you launch right into their face you could startle them or they could have a negative association with the launchers and the birds, And that’s something we don’t want. So be very attentive to where your launchers are, so that you can help your puppy work downwind and at a crosswind will be really important.
Training and Tracking GPS Collars are very helpful for hunting training.
Launch the bird so that the puppy can associate that smell with the bird. If you want him to be more cautious on his next bird, immediately launch that on the first bird. On the next bird just watch how he’s reacting to this first bird. Then you have to boom launch it again.
Again, timing is really important. Paying attention to where the launchers are and where the puppy is really important. As well, so let’s head back up and hit the field. That’s why it’ll be nice to get the puppy on a bird fairly quickly so he understands you’re out here to hunt, you’re out here to find. So now he has a better understanding of “hey I used my nose, I found this bird”.
On the second bird the puppy will be a little bit farther away which is good and will be able to see that bird when it is launched, and will be able to chase. So you’re making the association.
Then you come back on the third bird…to the fourth bird…, so that’s just something that you’re going to keep building on. First awesome session…it’s desired, but it’s not something that typically happens with every puppy. So his next session you’ll hopefully be able to see a little more hesitation, a little more pause. If you have to go back to the same launcher again in his next session that’s something that you can do.
Then once you see a lot of confidence, the puppy is not startled by the launcher he’s having fun chasing, you can introduce gunfire.
For more information read: The German Shorthaired Pointer: a Hunter’s Guide, by David Mark Dowdy