Puppy Development

Why is good puppy development so important?

The best time to expose your puppy to our puppy development program is between the age of 10 and 20 weeks.  Exposure to birds, gunfire, free run and healthy pack behavior instills confidence and enthusiasm for building a foundation for future formal training. 

Our puppy program is two weeks of intense focus on birds.  We are not working on any formal training or commands, instead are developing your dog's natural instincts by providing opportunities to develop their independence and identity.  

SixGunKennel's puppy development program includes the following:

  • Bird Introduction:  Introduction to both pigeon and quail.  Your dog will start using the scent of the birds while hunting rather than depending on their sight. 

  • Gun Introduction:  When done properly, gun introduction is very simple.  Once a puppy is accustomed to birds and constantly thinking about birds we gradually introduce gunfire.  Because your puppy is intent on finding and chasing birds, the noise of the gun does not negatively impact them and becomes an enjoyable part of the experience. 

  • Field introduction:  Your dog will identify cover and where to go to find birds.  Exposure to varied cover at this stage prevents your dog from becoming overwhelmed in future situations in the field. 

  • Free Run:  Bird dogs need independence to do their job.  By allowing young puppies the opportunity to stretch their legs and run we help them to develop this independence. 

  • Socialization:  By having the experience of being with a group of dogs of all ages, your puppy will learn to become a healthy pack member. 

  • Stakeout Chain:  The stakeout chain is similar to a desk for children.  It helps your dog begin to gain focus as well as develop patience and compliance. 





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