Training squirrel dogs

Rabbitkil

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Finally after many hours of searching finally found a dog seems to come from a good bloodline it’s currently 4 months old, so let’s here your tips and tricks on training. I know basic commands and obedience are important I’ve done quite a bit of training from that aspect with a bunch of dogs over the years
 

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Just take it to the woods. A lot. If bloodline is good, it will teach itself to tree. After starts good young dogs like to leave the tree to go hunt another as soon as you get to the tree. Leash it to the tree or close
to the tree and it will fix that. Dont fuss at it for anything squirrel related. Make it fun for the dog too.
 

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The main thing is keeping it in the woods. If it is a good bloodline it will already know what to do. You can’t train hunting into it. Squirrel dog central has some good info on training. I have a cur and she’s a pretty good dog.
 

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The important thing is the first few times he trees is to get there fast and kill the squirrel. Not killing will lead to leaving the tree. Take a friend and use shotguns, when he starts to tree you have to kill the squirrel. Then it’s just hunting as much as you can. Most dogs will have it figured out in a couple of seasons. Don’t start him in February, squirrels hang by the holes too much and you’ll have a hard time killing one for him. Slick trees discourage young dogs and get them to leaving the tree.
 
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My Kemmer pups used to be gun shy to shotguns As pups so started them out on .22 shorts just plinking as puppy’s then up to 22 longs over the summer graduating them to a 20 gauge in early season. It’s not a lot of trouble to insure a pup doesn’t become gun shy. My TN mountain feist won’t flinch at any gun fire.
 
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HoytDawg

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Obedience is the most important thing the first few months imo. Doesn’t matter how good it will hunt if you can’t control it- it wont be fun.
Second is like everybody else said, take it to the woods every chance you get. Like was said above, i like to leash mine at the tree and have since she was a pup. The only negative to that is your dog won’t be able to learn to timber the squirrel. Last is have fun with it, and dont expect too much too soon from the dog. It is learning every time just like you are.
 

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