I hunted a while ago with a guy who didn’t praise his dog all day. Now maybe I overdo it, but a little “carrot” (treats, verbal praise) helps balance out the “sticks,” (e-collar, yelling) doesn’t it?
In my Bird Hunting Boot Camp seminar, I ask everyone: What works as reward, and as “correction?”
My reward list starts with food treats, and ends with something that everyone nods their noggin at in agreement, after slapping their forehead: let your dog hold that savory, sweet-smelling, lovely to taste bird just a bit before snatching it from him. Isn’t that what life is all about for a bird dog?
What’s on your list of rewards, and “corrections?”