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Banding Together for Waterfowl

Canine Communicators, "The Wildrose Way"

by Mike Stewart
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Here's the routine to establish a more productive relationship with your family or hunting dog. 

1. Bring the dog out under control. Require a sit and calm behavior before paying attention to the dog or moving. Quickly the dog learns to come out or be greeted under control or no response or movement from the person will occur. The dog wants attention and activity. Deny them until you get patience.

2. Power walk. Take a fast walk with the dog at heel. No pulling, no jumping about, no free running. Proper heel work establishes the handler as pack leader. No talking; just fast walking to burn energy.

3. Discipline. After the first heel work, you will notice a calmer behavior. Now progress to a few discipline drills. Sit, stay, recall or down. Establish yourself as the leader in control and hold the dog's focus. You should realize prompt responses, good eye contact and a calmer behavior from your dog. 

Now we are ready for the day's activities whether it will involve the dog in hunting, training or companionship. Remember the progression and to gain patience and attentiveness, practice it daily as a routine. No interaction or fun stuff before focused behavior is achieved Control, exercise, discipline.

Two simple rules of canine behavior:
1. Dogs don't talk.
2. Dogs walk.


There is nothing new here really. Nature set up the routine thousands of years ago. We might as well join in and play by the rules of the pack. Who knows, we humans could take a lesson from the canine communicators by talking less and doing more!
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