Boxer dogs are strong, formidable and originate from Germany. They’re intelligent, fearless and full of energy. They possess virtually all the characteristics you need to make the ideal hunting companion. However, a hunting dog needs to be disciplined and excellently trained. Currently, your Boxer lacks that much-needed discipline. You can barely keep him off the furniture, let alone transform him into a stealthy hunter. Getting him to ‘sit’ or ‘wait’ is an uphill battle, so training him to shadow you and hunt still feels like a long way off.
Training him to hunt will not only bolster your hunting performance, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to bond with your canine companion. You’ll also find this type of training will help you to train him a range of other useful commands too.
Training any dog to hunt is a challenge. Fortunately, your life is made a whole lot easier if you’ve already got a Boxer. You’ve got one of the few breeds that are naturally suited to hunting. Having said that, you’ll still need to follow a rigorous training routine. This routine will consist of obedience training to emphasize that you are pack leader. You’ll also need to get him familiar with his new prey. Not to mention you’ll need to find a suitable incentive to keep him on task throughout training.
If he’s a puppy he should be a fast learner and you could see results in just a couple of months. If he’s older you may need up to six months. Get this training right though, and you’ll see a noticeable difference in your hunting success. Not to mention you’ll have a well-trained dog who’ll find it significantly easier to follow other commands too.
Before your work begins you’ll need to gather a few items. You’ll need plenty of treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces. You’ll also need some decoy toys and scent spray. A long training leash will also be required.
You’ll need to set aside 15 minutes each day for training. You can start off practicing in the yard but later you’ll need a local field to train in.
The only other things you need are patience and a proactive attitude. Once you have all that, you’re ready to get to work!
Can i get a dog this old to become a hunter
Hello Brent, That depends a lot on several factors specific to your dog. 1. Has pup been well exposed to the things involved in hunting and isn't scared of them, like gun shots/loud noises, live and dead birds, the type of terrain, and water/swimming involved? Pup may not be familiar with all of those things, but if you find they are afraid of any of those things this might be quite challenging. 2. What's their level of obedience? Pup will need off-leash obedience and that may take up to a year to work up to to the level you need for something as excitable as birds. 3. What's pup's natural instincts when it comes to birds? Do they have a desire to retrieve/point/sniff/ect... that will be needed for the particular type of hunting you are wanting to do. Some dogs won't do well trying to learn to hunt at this age because you have missed certain key socialization windows or they don't have the natural instincts involved, even though things like off-leash obedience can be achieved with work. Other's happen to have what's needed even though they are new to hunting and take to it well. I would start by seeing how pup responds to things like the things mentioned in point 1. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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