Your Doberman makes a great family pet. He’s playful, protective, confident, and relatively easy to train. He keeps the kids occupied and makes for a great radiator in the winter months. However, you also welcomed him into your home for another reason. You want him to become your hunting companion and join you on those early morning trips. In particular, you would like him to hunt birds. He’s strong, fast and full of energy. So, he’s got all the attributes you need to turn him into an effective hunter.
Training him to hunt birds also comes with a number of benefits. Firstly, it’s a great way to instill discipline into him that can be used in other areas of his life. Secondly, it’s fantastic exercise for him and an enjoyable way to bond. Most importantly though, it could seriously enhance your hunting results.
Training a Doberman to hunt birds is far easier than if he were one of many other breeds. However, that doesn’t mean it will be straightforward. You will need to start training him as early as possible. You will need to get him familiar with his prey and get him used to his future hunting environment. In addition, you will then need to find an effective incentive to get him chasing down birds.
If he’s a puppy, he should be eager to please and much more receptive to training. You could see results in just a month or two. If he’s older and not quite the keen student he once was, then you may need up to six months before you see consistent results. Get this training right and no longer will you return home empty-handed. You may also have a means of tackling any pest control issues.
Before you get to work, you will need to gather a few bits. Bird decoys and scent spray will be required. These can be bought online and from some local stores.
You will also need a generous supply of treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces. Set aside 10 to 15 minutes each day for training. This can take place in your yard or local fields.
Once you have all the above, you just need patience and a proactive attitude, then work can begin!