Your Bloodhound has lived up to expectations. He’s stubborn, even-tempered, gentle, and affectionate. Not to mention he’s cuddly despite being on the large side. You love having him around the house. He puts a smile on your face when you walk down the stairs in the morning and he’s the only member of the family that won’t talk through your favorite TV show. You also wanted him for another reason though - to hunt duck. He’s definitely up to the task, it’s in his DNA. Bloodhounds have been used to track humans and animals since the middle ages!
Training him to hunt duck comes with a number of benefits. Firstly, it’s a fantastic way to channel his energy into something productive. Secondly, it’s a great way for you both to bond. Finally, it could seriously enhance your hunting performance.
Although Bloodhounds possess all the attributes needed to be effective duck hunters, that doesn’t make training a straightforward challenge. You will need to use strict obedience commands to turn him into an efficient hunting companion. Training will also consist of getting him used to his future prey and the hunting environment. Another key element will involve training him to use that powerful nose. His nose will also be the way to motivate him throughout training. Often, with Bloodhounds, the more a food smells the better.
If he’s a puppy, he should be full of energy and a fast learner. You could see results in just a couple of months. If he’s older and not quite as receptive as he once was, then you may need up to six months. If training goes to plan, you will have the ideal hunting partner to take out with you.
Before you can start training, you will need to collect a few things. Get your hands on some duck decoy toys. Also, head online or to a local store and pick up some duck scent spray. Stock up on treats, or break his favorite food into small chunks. Cheese is often an effective incentive.
Try and set aside 15 minutes each day for training. The more frequently you train, the sooner you will see results. You can use a yard and local fields.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and optimism, then training can start!