Despite often being referred to as a Spaniel, the Brittany breed shares more characteristics with a Pointer or a Setter. Over the years, you have come to love your Brittany's adaptable, attentive and energetic attributes. He’s a firm family favorite and crowd pleaser when you have guests over. However, you also welcomed him into your home because you had other plans for him. You want him to join you on your hunting adventures. He’s got a fantastic sense of smell and is more than intelligent enough to excel in training.
Training him to hunt will also bring with it a number of benefits. Firstly, you’ll have some company when you head out with your rifle slung over your shoulder. Secondly, it’s a fantastic way to bond with your canine pal. Finally, it’s a great way to channel his energy into something productive.
Despite your Brittany dog being sharp and eager to please, training will not be easy. You will need to consistently encourage hunting behavior from an early age as possible. You will also need to get him familiar with his prey. Brittany dogs learn best when they think they are playing a game. So, you will need to motivate him through play and using mouthwatering rewards.
If he’s a puppy he should be receptive and keen to please. This means you could see results in just a month or two. If he’s older and not quite the avid student he was in his youth, then you may need up to six months. Succeed and you’ll hopefully improve your current hunting record. Not to mention, you have an effective way to exercise him. Finally, this type of obedience training will make it easier to teach him a range of other commands too.
Before you get to work, you will need to get your hands on a few bits. A short training leash, some decoy toys, and scent spray will be needed. You will also need to stock up on tasty treats or break your dog's favorite food into small pieces.
You will need to set aside 15 minutes each day for training. You can practice in your yard and then in local fields.
Once you have all that, you just need patience and a proactive attitude, then work can begin!