The sun is out, the sea is crystal clear and you’ve got your trusty canine pal on board your boat. While the scenery and the weather might be great, it’s the lobster you can see a few feet below that you’d really like to tuck into for dinner. The water is so clear you can see them wandering along the sand, and with a tummy rumbling, there’s only one thing on the menu. You’re already halfway there if your dog loves swimming in the sea, you just need to bring out the hunter instinct and then you’re ready to bring home the lobster.
Apart from the fact catching lobster with your dog is an extremely cost-effective way to eat your favorite seafood, it also makes for an awesome video. With GoPro cameras and waterproof phones, nothing tops a story like a lobster hunting dog.
Now you might think training your dog to do something so niche would be really complicated, but it’s actually surprisingly straightforward. Training consists mainly of getting him comfortable with retrieving objects from the water. Once he’s got to grips with that, directing his attention to lobster will be a walk in the park.
If he’s a puppy he will probably be keen to learn and play, and likely to respond to training in just a week or two. If he isn’t quite the intellect and athlete he once was, be prepared to invest a few weeks into your training regime.
Getting this training right comes with obvious, tasty rewards. You’ll quickly become a regular host as your friends and family flock over for free lobster. It’s also a fantastic way to exercise energetic dogs. Diving, swimming, and hunting will all help give him his daily dose of exercise.
Before you dive in you’re going to need several things. A swimming pool will be helpful for initial training. If you haven’t got access to a swimming pool, a pond or shallow bay will do the trick. You will also need a toy lobster and the real thing to get him familiar with his new prey.
The other thing you’ll need is time. Set aside 20 minutes a day for training and bring a swimming suit, you’re going to get wet!
Once you have all of that, just come armed with a positive attitude and you’ll be ready to start.