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You are now officially a citizen. Wear blaze orange, proudly, fellow citizen. See you in the field.

Have you ever raised and trained a young dog? Then, run him with an experienced dog? Anything can happen, right? How would you handle it when a young dog’s training is trumped by instinct?

Duke arrived at Eagle Nest Lodge days earlier, had never hunted with anyone from the lodge. But his genetics were superb. Fortunately, Ty the Irish Red Setter had a full complement of tolerance genes. Watch what happens and maybe you’ll win a limited-edition Wingshooting USA long-sleeve tour t-shirt by answering the trivia question at the end of the video clip! [I’ll pick one winner from all correct answers.]

In your answer email, tell me what you would have done in the same situation … I can use all the help I can get with Manny! Thanks.

[Vote fast! This trivia quiz closes Dec. 24 at midnight.]

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Doh! Sorry everyone. You can now add your two cents’ worth at the page where we are revising the Ultimate Upland Checklist. Please do.

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Quick reminder: the deltawaterfowl.org QuickPolls are fun and informative. Go here and take one or more, and leave your comments too. If you want to talk about the subject on my nationally-syndicated radio show, here’s a good way to do it. You might win some great DW stuff, too!

Right now, I’m looking for your best – and worst – stories about hunting and fishing partners and what they’ve brought on trips. What strange, smelly, annoying things have shared your truck, duck blind, or tent? Your vote hasn’t been submitted yet! Make your feelings known, and check back often for new polls.

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An interesting inquiry I received recently … 

Hello Again Scott, 

I wish to ask you a question.  My wife and I seem to have differed in a matter of Dog training.    The matter pertains to the usage of an E-collar.  She feel that usage of the E-collar should not begin until the puppy has reached the age of 6 months.  (i.e. the vet feels it may be to heavy and add undo stress to the young dogs neck.  Myself I agree with the trainers of Native Dog Food.  Please hear me out.  They do not specify a usage time or date from a puppies birth date.  They do however recommend a puppies training begin at a young age.  12 to 14 weeks for a bird dog.  Also it should be 

At what age does amperage become appropriate?

used for the reinforcement of positive behavior.   So I lean towards the introduction of the E-collar around the same time.  Do you have an opinion?  We decided to go with your choice of E-collar.  And understandably so after a small amount of research we knew you were leading us to a quality product.  Now when would you begin using the E-collar in a puppies training regiment.  Do you mind letting us know?
 
Thank you my friend
~*~`Jerry` &` Chris ~*~ 

And my response … 

Thanks for your question. First, know that I am NOT a trainer … just a guy who loves dogs and carefully observes what makes them tick, and hopefully learns some more! My feelings on the question:
 
Stay away from e-collars for many, many months … the physical toll on a pup’s neck is a good reason . Also, I agree training starts the day you bring pup home … whether you know it or not, formal or otherwise. That’s a good thing. But no puppy will have a clear understanding of commands at a young age, thus can’t be corrected with an e-collar. The idea of the collar is to reinforce commands a dog already understands well.
 
The better puppy training tools in my humble opinion, are: praise in all its forms dispensed liberally, reasonable expectations about what a very young animal can learn and how fast, an enclosed yard, leash and check cord, and judicious use of repetition. Most professionals would probably recommend NO e-collar for many months if not longer!
 
A couple axioms from those smarter than me:
 
Never give a command you can’t enforce.
 
Never give your dog an opportunity to do things the wrong way. Don’t set up your dog for failure.
 
Good luck. 

Scott 

How about you readers? Comments?

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If you were the emperor of the universe, you’d … re-design that stinkin’ leash!

Judging from the continued traffic on my post about dog boots, it’s clear there is a lot of frustration with the gear we subject our dogs to. When discussion centers on a “good” pair of boots being good because they last two days, you know there is plenty of room for improvement.

But what are your biggest peeves? Is it a collar that just won’t fit Rover? Or a leash that requires your dog to help when you clip it on him? Maybe you wish (like me) for a gizmo that will tame your whistle lanyard.

I’m on my way to the SHOT Show, where all the newest gear is premiered for those in the shooting and hunting trade … including, I hope, some new doggy stuff. While I’m away, here’s your chance to vent, or make suggestions. Someone out there might actually build a better mousetrap!

On the other paw, maybe there’s something you really, really like and feel we should know about. Here’s your chance – make a comment! And if someone does know about a three-day dog boot, tell the rest of us, please. And if you check “other” on the poll, please tell us what you want or need in the comments section! Thanks.

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