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1911beast 09-12-2012 12:45 AM

Hunting dog questions
Do labs shed a lot or just a little and can you teach a Siberian husky to hunt duck and pheasant

tri70 09-12-2012 02:48 AM

Some labs can be hard headed and hard to train at first but it takes patience on your part to train any dog. If a person has the patience I think any dog could hunt pheasant or duck, within reason. If they can swim for ducks or not bust pheasant up to far in front of the hunter. You would have to teach them to hunt close.

USEBOTHHANDS 09-12-2012 02:54 AM

it really depends on the dog. i've had 4 different labs......a chocolate, a black, and 2 chocolates (@ same time). the first chocolate shed alot in the spring when he lost his winter coat, the black didn't shed too, too much, and the last 2 chocolates also shed heavily with their winter coats.

don't know about huskys for retrievin.

Eturnsdale 09-12-2012 04:10 AM

You can basically train any dog to do any other dog's job IF you have the knowhow to do it. Some dogs are more difficult to train, but a true failure in training is always the owner's fault.

From my experience, how much a lab sheds depends a lot on his diet, and it's health. As well as its breeding. In my experience labs from English lines tend to shed a little less than those from American lines. Regardless, keep them healthy, and give them a good brushing two to three times a week paying special attention to the undercoat, and don't bathe them unless they really need it.

winds-of-change 09-12-2012 05:29 AM

I don't believe a Siberian Husky can be taught to hunt.

Eturnsdale 09-12-2012 05:35 AM

The husky is a very driven, high energy, intelligent, dog that handles the cold well and can swim amazingly well. Have you ever seen a husky fetch? Im sure you have.

Hunting is a natural thing for any dog. It is what they evolved to do. Chase down and kill food, and in many cases, bring it back to the pack.

Not exactly hunting, but ya get the point.

And at least this one has a prey drive.

tri70 09-12-2012 10:59 AM

The husky looks like a very smart dog, he had a plan of attack to circle out and come in full speed instead of bolting straight in after them. Playing fetch is a good way to get any dog to retrieve, reward them for bringing the ball back with a treat.

fmj 09-12-2012 12:13 PM

Yes labs do shed a lot. Coat maintenance is key.

Huskys could be taught to hunt, but thats not what they are bred for. Specific breeds have specific tendencies due to select breeding. decide what you want your dog to do and then find a breed for the task.

I wont EVER suggest "treat" training. When you start down that path you end up with a fat, spoiled dog. Reward them with love. When they do right, scrub the ears or other favorite spot (for the beast) very well with an exagerated happy tone of voice. When they do wrong use an exagerated mad voice.

Eturnsdale 09-12-2012 12:56 PM

Fat and lazy is right.

fmj 09-12-2012 01:01 PM


Originally Posted by Eturnsdale (Post 937811)

My point is...when you train them to food, they become conditioned to every time they listen to a command, they expect food. If you train them with love, they become conditioned to every time they listen to a command, they get a pat on the head...which is easier?

Look at it this way, when afield, do you want to carry 5 lbs of treats, or your hand?

Training them to positive/negative feedback is just as easy and effective as food.

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