Imagine standing by a lake on a hot summer's day and retrieving a duck for your dinner. By teaching your little Labrador pooch to hunt and retrieve duck, you can do just this. Labradors traditionally are retrievers - gun dogs with a flair for swimming - so their real forte is in water retrieval.
Labradors are the most popular dog in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. No doubt because of their fun-loving, loyal, and intelligent nature. With a mixture of colors and personality traits to go with them, you can pick your Lab puppy to suit you. Their love for tasty treats, intelligence, and loyalty make them an extremely easy dog to train.
Labradors' main prey are ducks. Therefore, training your pup to hunt in water is an important element to master. The good thing is that because Labradors are such an intelligent breed, the best time to do this is when they are young. You can start training your puppy at just eight weeks old and the training should take from eight to ten months. Puppies are great at learning and absorb everything around them, so this challenge will be quicker than training an older dog.
Hunting duck can be difficult because two elements are at play here. Your pooch has to be able to swim confidently while tracking its prey and listening to you on land. An advantage is that they do like swimming. They are like ducks to water, if you’ll pardon the pun.
To get started, you will need to source a body of water in which you are able to hunt, preferably ducks. If this is unavailable, a pigeon or bird shooting range is also ideal. To train your little pooch to get used to water, it is wise to buy a small paddling pool so that he can get familiar with getting his feet wet.
Labradors love food and so lots of treats on hand is a great idea. Puppies also respond really well to high pitched praise and so a lot of encouragement is also crucial. To train your Labrador to his full potential, it is a good idea to buy more toys. These can act as decoys and distractions to your pup. By using decoys, you will be able to train your puppy to focus on the task at hand.