hunting-dog-training-tips1-620x350We Provide a range of high quality gun dog accessories and training equipment, such as training dummies, leads, collars, Tracking leashes , Training scents ,whistles, bedding and grooming products. Design Pheasant Training Dummies are specifically designed to encourage successful consistent retrieving. We cater for all the needs of Active in hunting and field dog trials . 


 BioThane® tracking leash is an important training tool when you want to train your dog on tracking. The tracking leashes made of BioThane® are ideal for different dog sports, hobbies and leisure. Handmade.ImageHandler (1)

Sewn leashes provide you with much better strength, not to say in combination with solid brass fittings – this combination allows you to exceed much higher limits independent on what environment or weather conditions you train!

The solid brass products provide you with extreme strength and resistance to undue burden or adverse weather conditions such as humidity, frost or salty marine environment!

The colours match the  BioThane® collars collection!

 

Features         

  • high quality
  • highly resistant
  • easy to clean
  • waterproof
  • resistant to mold and mildew
  • weather and abrasion resistant

Fittings: chrome-plated, solid brass

Joint: riveting, sewing

Handgrip: with or without

Width: 20 mm x 10 meter

Price: €


Nylon tracking leash is an important training tool when you want to train your dog on tracking, but it is ideal also for various dog sports, hobbies or ImageHandlerleisure time. Made of the nylon, with snap hook. We offer these with or without handgrip.

 

Features

  Width: 20 mm x 10 meter
• high quality
• tough Nylon belt
• with or without handgrip

 

Price: € 28

 


 BioThane® tracking leash is an important training tool when you want to train your dog on tracking. The tracking leashes made of BioThane® are ideal for different dog sports, hobbies and leisure. Handmade.Category_photo_biothane_tracking_leash_small_web

Sewn leashes provide you with much better strength, not to say in combination with solid brass fittings – this combination allows you to exceed much higher limits independent on what environment or weather conditions you train!

The solid brass products provide you with extreme strength and resistance to undue burden or adverse weather conditions such as humidity, frost or salty marine environment!

The colours match the  BioThane® collars collection!

 

Features         

  • high quality
  • highly resistant
  • easy to clean
  • waterproof
  • resistant to mold and mildew
  • weather and abrasion resistant

Fittings: chrome-plated, solid brass

Joint: riveting, sewing

Handgrip: with or without

Width: 9 mm x 10 meter

Price: €44


 Nylon leash with classic snap hook with HG is the best choice for walks and travel. The leash can be coiled closely and due to this ImageHandler (3)it does not need much space. You can also have it always at your hand in your jacket. The handgrip provides more security.

Features

• high quality
• tough Nylon belt
• can be coiled closely

Price: €6


 FT leash 8 mm is dedicated not only to hunting dogs. The leash does not need much space to store and so you can have it always at hand. With 

ImageHandler (5)resistant and durable climbing rope which the leash is made of, you get perfect grip and flexibility. 

 

Material: Nylon

 

Price: €16

 


FT leash 8 mm is dedicated not only to hunting dogs. The leash does not need much space to store and so you can have it always at hand. With ImageHandler (6)resistant and durable climbing rope which the leash is made of, you get perfect grip and flexibility. 

 

Material: Nylon

Price: €16

 

 


 

 Rubbered leash is the best choice for walks and travel. The leash can be coiled closely and due to this it does not need much space. You can alsoImageHandler (7) have it always at your hand in your jacket.
Due to both-sided rubberizing the leash is grippy and easy to hold, especially in wet conditions.
Features
• highest quality
• tough rubbered Nylon belt
• can be coiled closely
• with or without handgrip
• best grip in any conditions

Price: €8


 Rubbered leash is the best choice for walks and travel. The leash can be coiled closely and due to this it does not need much space. You can also have it ImageHandleralways at your hand in your jacket.

Due to both-sided rubberizing the leash is grippy and easy to hold, especially in wet conditions.

Features

• highest quality
• tough rubbered Nylon belt
• can be coiled closely
• with or without handgrip
• best grip in any conditions

Price: €8


 Biothane® collar round with stopper 8mm is well suited for use when training, hunting or if you just want to walk with ImageHandler (4)your dog. The collar is made of a durable Biothane® coated rope with a special stopper to prevent the dog from choking. Metal parts are nickel-plated and thus very durable.

The colours of collars correspond with the colours of our Biothane® leashes!

Advantages

• collar with stopper

• made of strong durable Biothane®  

• durable materials

• colours match our leashes colours

Material: Biothane® coated rope 

Price: €10


 Biothane® collar round with stopper 8mm is well suited for use when training, hunting or if you just want to walk with your dog. The collar is made of a durable ImageHandler (1)Biothane® coated rope with a special stopper to prevent the dog from choking. Metal parts are nickel-plated and thus very durable.

The colours of collars correspond with the colours of our Mystique® Biothane® leashes!

 

Advantages

• collar with stopper

• made of strong durable Biothane®

• durable materials

• colours match our leashes colours

Price: €10


 Dummy “Pocket” Set 150 g might always be in your pocket while walking with your dog prepared for an immediate training whenever and whereverImageHandler (2) ImageHandler (3)you want. There is no need to carry a large dummy bag along with you. Thanks to its light weight and small size this dummy effectively helps your dog to get used to working with dummies and thus it is mainly intended for puppies, young and inexperienced dogs and smaller breeds, but also for adult dogs to train and improve their hunting skills and concentration.

The dummy can be flavoured with scents for a more realistic training and thanks to the strong canvas and special filling it can be used either on dry land or in the water as it is able to float. It is short and rounded in shape which contributes to a better grip.

 

Features

• for daily training and walking with your dog

• high quality

• trains hunting skills and concentration

• strong canvas

• ergonomic plastic toggle

• suitable for field or water training

• can be flavoured with scents

• for dogs of any age

Price: €20 set of 3


Duck scent 118ml

Hunting scent 118 ml – our scents contain natural musks and other animal extracts to effectively cImageHandler (4)ondition your dog for all types of hunting. It is a concentrate. More than half century of proven performance in dog training has made Pete Rickard´s products known around the world.

 

Price: €24

 


 

Deer scent 118mlImageHandler (6)

Hunting scent 118 ml our scents contain natural musks and other animal extracts to effectively condition your dog for all types of hunting. It is a concentrate. More than half century of proven performance in dog training has made Pete Rickard´s products known around the world.

Price: €24


Pheasant scent 118mlImageHandler

Hunting scent 118 ml our scents contain natural musks and other animal extracts to effectively condition your dog for all types of hunting. It is a concentrate. More than half century of proven performance in dog training has made Pete Rickard´s products known around the world.

Price: €24


 

Fox scent 118mlImageHandler (1)

Hunting scent 118 ml – our scents contain natural musks and other animal extracts to effectively condition your dog for all types of hunting. It is a concentrate. More than half century of proven performance in dog training has made Pete Rickard´s products known around the world.

Price: €24


Acme 535 Silent Dog Whistleacme-silent-dog-whistle-500x500bis04

The first ever “Silent” Dog Whistle. Adjustable frequency to suit your dogs hearing.

 

 

 

Price: €20

 

 


 

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Travel bowl orange

travel bowl is for you and your dog a practical must-have item when travelling. Made of strong Nylon, doesn´t need much space, easy to clean, watterproof.

Features

• high quality
• strong and durable Nylon
• easy to clean
• waterproof

Capacity: 2 l
Weight: 80 g

Price: €5


Travel bowl greenImageHandler (3)

travel bowl is for you and your dog a practical must-have item when travelling. Made of strong Nylon, doesn´t need much space, easy to clean, watterproof.

Features

• high quality
• strong and durable Nylon
• easy to clean
• waterproof

Capacity: 2 l
Weight: 80 g

Price: €5


 

Equipment

What do you need to start tracking?


You will need a tracking harness & tracking line (10m/30ft) and something you can use as a start pole.
There is a great variety of harnesses available for sale on the internet and you can spend little for a fabric one, to quit a bit For a bespoke leather harness. It is very much a matter of choice although it is important to remember that as your dog starts to gain confidence with his tracking he might pull quite strongly so it needs to be strong and fit well as he could slip out of his harness.

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Again there is a great variety of tracking lines available from leather lines, fabric types and rope.

You need to go for a line that doesn’t burn your hands as you feed the line though and for this reason I prefer ‘climbing rope’.

You can often buy climbing rope to the length that you want 30 ft (10m) and it is usually cheaper when you do this.

Try out the different thickness of the climbing rope and see what is the more comfortable in your hands.
Any pole will do as the marker for the start of your track, although having a sharpened end will help when the ground becomes hard and dry. Tie a flag to the ImageHandlertop so that you can gauge the wind direction as this can change even during your session. You can use ribbon or even tie a plastic bag to the top if you wish.

Food treats and Toys

I introduce the dog to both treats and toys as both have their place in teaching the dog to track.

Small pieces of baked liver

In the very beginning I use visual treats like pieces of sausage or small pieces of cheese to help the dog along the track especially if he is abit reluctant to start going forward on his own.

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Food containers

When the dog starts to get the idea I quickly change this to small pieces of oven baked liver (thumb size) so that the dog has to use his nose to find the treats.

For the food orientated dog I end the game with a small food pot or canister eg. a pill or vitamin pot and it is even better if you can make a hole in the lid so that the dog can smell the tasty food inside.

 

Ideal tracking toys

To start I use the dog’s favourite toy although this shouldn’t be too large that the dog can see it especially when you place it further on up the track. Red rubber rings are ideal as these lay flat and the dog isn’t able to see red and therefore he will have to use his nose to find the toy.

A Place to Train

Ideally a grass field that is fairly well grown and not fouled by people and dogs.

Grass pasture fields, without animals grazing, are usually the best but it isn’t always easy to find out who owns the field to ask if you can use it.

A suitable field for tracking

A suitable field for tracking

I find that fields that have a public footpath running across them and have dog friendly styles belong to farmers who generally don’t mind dogs and if I do bump into them and explain that I am training my dog they don’t seem to mind. If on the other hand there are signs saying ‘Keep dogs on lead’ and are very difficult to access with your dog, generally are not the farmers to ask.

National Trust properties are often surrounded by trust land which often include footpaths, common land, disused airfields, behind village halls and some parks are OK but just keep away from areas that are frequently trodden on by dog walkers.

I find that making enquiries down the local pub have often been fruitful but I always explain that I am training the dog to track and it is always on a lead!

How often should you train?

Try to do 3 or 4 short tracks in each session for no more than about 20 mins.

Being a good dog trainer is knowing how and when to finish with the dog wanting to do more. Try to end on a success although don’t accidently extend your session trying to achieve this as sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way.

Never show that you are disappointed or frustrated with what might have happened during the training session as the dog will sense this anxiety and might not want to do tracking any more.

Try to train over a period of 3 days in a row as dog’s learn from repetition and after this have a couple of days break as dogs benefit from latent learning allowing for the training to ‘sink in’.

When not to train

Don’t train during moderate to high windy days when the dog is just starting out. Gusty winds tend to swirl and the scent gets blown all over the place and the dog losses accuracy especially when the grass is fairly short in growth.
When the dog is more experienced you will need to teach the dog how to cope with windy days.If you have the fortune of tracking where the grass is above ankle height and longer, windy days aren’t such a problem as when you walk you make a track channel which traps the track scent . Also know your field, if is it protected by hedges creating a micro-climate the effects of the wind may not be quite so serve.

Tracking in snow

Tracking in snow

Don’t train when it is raining or about to rain or has rained after a particularly dry spell. Rain freshens everything and the dog will find it difficult to decipher between the track scent and other scents.

During the summer allow a couple of days break after it has rained particularly after a prolonged dry spell to allow the scent to settle again.

Frozen ground in most cases is difficult if not impossible to track on, although dogs seem to cope well in frosty conditions and track well in the snow. In fact tracking during frosty weather is a very good time as you can see all the small animal tracks and how your dog investigates them and continue along the track.