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    some help is needed

    im new here and posting my first post here asking for help.....sorry for my spelling ....ok well i am 19 and i am thinking of getting a puppy (black lab) i am not new to owning a dog....we (the family) had a dog for 15 years(she was half golden lab and half red river duck toler) we got her when she was 4 ...at the time she was already house trained tought commands ect anyways what i want to know is when a person gets a dog that is only 8 weeks old or so what are things they will need ...i know basics like a bed dishes food toys but the things i want to know are the more detaild stuff like what kinda food would be good for a puppy (wet dry which brand ect ) what kinda toys would be good ones that squeek ....and as for the yard....do u think 2 acaers will be enough for a black lab


    the dog will also be used for duck hunting ....so should a person wait for a year befor they start getting the dog use to guns ......i already know as well to start small with the guns .....use a pellet gun/bb gun around the dog first then go to a 22 cal and work the way up to louder guns so you dont scar the dog

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    Re: some help is needed

    i dont know about training for hunting sorry.
    as far as stuff for a puppy i would suggest crate, pen.. I dont feed my dog wet food just dry.. but every once in a while she gets raw meat which is better then canned wet food... there is a whole section on here about dog food that has some really great information.. i would start there.. good luck with your puppy.

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    Re: some help is needed

    Quote Originally Posted by pittsabowawa View Post
    i dont know about training for hunting sorry.
    as far as stuff for a puppy i would suggest crate, pen.. I dont feed my dog wet food just dry.. but every once in a while she gets raw meat which is better then canned wet food... there is a whole section on here about dog food that has some really great information.. i would start there.. good luck with your puppy.


    thasnks...and as for the raw meat with a hunting it would not be good ....from what my dad says is once a hunting dog gets a taste of meat it will give a better chance of the dog eating what u shoot like i said from what he tells me ...

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    Re: some help is needed

    I have a lab puppy that we're training to be a hunting dog. I would highly recommend you check out some of Richard Wolters books. He has great info for training hunting dogs. Water Dog or Game Dog would be good ones for a retriever. Some people don't like his books because some of his ideas are a bit outdated but the basics are great.

    You'll want to start training your lab as soon as you get him. Don't wait until he's a year old. My 10 week old lab already knows sit, stay, come, and leave it. He's not always great about following (he gets excited an won't listen at all). But that's ok for right now. Basically you want to spend the time you get him until 12 weeks teaching basic commands but you want to do it in a fun way that the pup thinks is play. At this point you should make learning fun. Make it into a game and don't push it if the pup doesn't want to play (i.e. doesn't listen to you). At 12 weeks that's when you start serious training. At this point you make the dog obey every time. Don't let him get away with not listening and so don't give a command if you can't follow through and make the dog do it. Most hunting dog trainers use a check cord at this stage so that they always have some means of control over the dog.

    I could go on and on...there is so much to know about training a hunting dog. I recommend you find some good training books and look into a club in your area. Most areas have hunting dog clubs and the members can help you out with training and advice.

    As for shooting a gun over the dog. Do it right away. Just make sure you do right and not scare the pup. My boy has been around gun shoots from the time he was born. The breeder trains the parents using blanks and I watched several training sessions. The dad was being trained about 20 ft (just on the other side of a fence) from the puppies. It didn't bother them in the least. They would look up at the noise and then go right back to whatever they were doing. At one point the pups were even sleeping while guns were being shot right next to them. They were about 6 weeks at this point. Anyway my point is it's never to early to get a hunting dog use to the sound of guns.

    Good luck and let me know if you want any other advice.

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