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Article By: Ilona       

Editorís Note: Extracted from Staying in TTouch Ė Practitionerís Newsletter

Lindaís Note: This is a helpful letter from a German practitioner who has been very successful working with hunting dogs.

Dear Linda

Of course I am happy to help with your question about training a hunting dog. First of all I need to tell you that hunters are not always open to new ideas. They have a very different attitude towards their dogs. The dog is there to work and he has to do the job well and fast. Almost any way to get the job done is acceptable. Most of the training methods have been handed down for decades and they just donít know any better. To get a foot into the door it is good to show quick results to pique their curiosity.

It is your "fault" that I ended up doing mouth work, ear work and tail work on my rough coated dachshund just before the most difficult of all hunting exercises, much to the dismay of the teacher. It got so bad that he practiced with me secretly without anyone watching, because he was ashamed to be seen by the other 7 hunters. 4 weeks into the training, Fred, who weighs only 6.5 kg, was well ahead of the other dogs in his muscle development. He searched with great concentration and had more endurance and willingness to search. At the big test he was the best dog of the day. He worked the 1.5 km long distance of a blood scented trail that had been set 26 hours before in 25 minutes. The judges couldnít believe it. How could that happen, especially from a non-hunter female? Some of the hunters asked me secretly how I worked. Step by step I trained other dogs, mostly with young hunters in the beginning. I started with groundwork, mouth work and a body wrap. The results proved our method to be right. On March 31, 2007 I gave a lecture to the top officials of the hunting Club (highest rank). The president of this Club in Germany only works his dog with a body wrap and touches. My trust in the work gave me a lot of strength and the ability to work in this situation.

PS You donít always have to start with something difficult. When possible I also like to include the clicker to get quick results

Warmest regards

Ilona

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