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Antler Hunting Dogs Training- Commonly Asked Questions About Shed Antler Dogs!

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Are You New To Shed Dog Training and Antler Hunting Dogs: What Are the Facts?

If you are anything like we were years ago, you are wondering can my hunting dog really be trained to find shed antlers?  Well, the answer is a resounding yes, there is no doubt dogs can be great at finding shed antlers!  There is no question that any dog with the built in instinct to retrieve and please their owner can be antler hunting dog.  The other big question we get is, will this screw up my dog on hunting other game, such as ducks or upland game?  Well, again the great part of this is, training a shed antler dog does not screw up your hunting dog in anyway, and will increase your hunting season!  In addition to these questions, we thought it would be helpful to list the most commonly asked questions we have get about antler dogs and shed dog hunting, so you can get all the answers you need to make an informed decision if training your dog is the right decision for you and your dog.  We hope this information helps but if you have further questions we are happy to answer further questions, we are here to help:  customerservice@everythingsheddog.com

 

Questions we will cover about shed antler dog and shed dog training:

  • What breed or type of dog will work for shed hunting?
  • What genetics and traits should I look for when choosing a Shed Dog Puppy?
  • Will training my bird hunting dog to find shed antlers mess him/her up?
  • Can I train my dog to find shed antlers or do I need a professional trainer?
  • How long does the shed dog training process take?
  • Is there scent to antlers?  If so, can my dog recognize it?
  • Where can I find more information about training shed dogs and shed dog tips?
  • How would you train a dog to be used for large elk antlers.
  • Can you train a dog that does not have the natural instinct to retrieve?
  • How can you connect to the shed dog community and event? NASHDA and More!! (Facebook, Video, Social)

Frequently Asked Questions About Shed Antler Dog Training:

  • What breed or type of dog will work for shed hunting?

Well, this is a very common question, yep that is why we address it first.  The simplest answer is any dog can hunt shed antlers and be a successful shed dog, but that being said not any dog can be great at it.  In our experience with hundreds of antler dogs is that a dog with a desire to retrieve anything will do better than a dog that does not get excited about retrieving, even if that is a ball or a toy.  The dogs with the best potential will want to please their owners by retrieving.  That is why you often see dogs that already hunting for upland or waterfowl do so well with shed antler hunting dog training is because they already have retrieving built into their blood.  

That being said, if your dog is not a hard core retriever don't let that discourage you.  Any dog can be trained to build up a desire for retrieving and ultimately find shed antlers, it may just take a little longer, which is perfectly OK!

 

  • What gentics and traits should I look for when chosing a Shed Dog Puppy?

I think genetics are important, they are the makeup of your pup.  There are some specific traits that I look for in a good shed dog (similar traits to what I look for in most hunting dogs whether it be sheds, bird, tracking, etc.)  I want good natural game finding ability (a good nose), biddability or a willingness to please, temperament (calm, quiet, steady).  Color is preference, there is no correlation between colors and success from a hunting/training aspect.  Male or female is preference also...there are pro's and cons to both.  Males will mark territory, females will have heat cycles.  Both can be fixed by spaying or neutering, but that shouldnt happen til the dog is mature from a growth standpoint  (1 1/2 to 2 yrs old).  

 
My best suggestion is to spend time watching the parents (like throws like) meaning if you like what you see from mom and dad, pups will likely have similar outcome.  The kennel will not be able to "work" the mom for you as she has  been nursing and should not be doing much physical, but I would definitely want to have them show me the dad at work.   Dont focus on dad, instead I pay attention to mom's tendencies more as she has the most impact on the pups behavior traits prior to you taking the pup home. 

Question was answered by Jeremy Moore of Dog Bone Products- Shop Dog Bone Shed Dog Training Products Here>>>

 

  • Will training my bird hunting dog to find shed antlers mess him/her up?

No, training your dog to find antlers will not mess their other hunting skills up at all.  Matter of fact many great trainers, such as Tom Dokken (Owner of Shed Dog Trainer) and Jeremy Moore (Owner of Dog Bone Products), believe this may actually increase a dog complete hunting talent by extending the training and hunting season so your dog can gain that valuable in the field experience and sense of reward and bonding that can only happen when you are together hunting!  Using your general hunting dog to hunt for shed antlers is all around positive for both the dog and the owner.  You won't be disappointed you gave this sport a try!

Shed Antler Dog- Nice antler

 

  • Can I train my dog to find shed antlers or do I need a professional trainer?

Well, you can do it either way....both have examples of producing amazing antler dogs.  I would say 90% of of shed dogs are trained by their owners.  We sell great shed training books and DVD's that allow you to follow step by step guides.  These training tools really make the process easy and almost everyone that sticks to the train will have a dog dog once completed with the training. 

Of coarse, having a professional trainer can be beneficial if you are very busy and don't have time to train on a regular basis.  There are some great shed dog trainers out that have great track records of producing world class dogs.  That being said, professional training is certainly not necessary.

 

  • How much does is cost to get involved in shed dog training?

Well, there is great news on the the cost front!  Unlike many other activities in the hunting world this one does not cost an arm and leg.  Shed Dog Training is not expense, you can truly get everything you need to start for under $40 easy!  Our two most popular and successful training kits are below and will provide you with everything you need to training your shed dog!

Shed Dog Trainer Start Up Shed Dog Training Kit- Only $59.49  (Includes: Shed Dog Training Book, Large Real Shed Antler, Rack Wax Antler Scent, Shed Dog Training DVD)

Dog Bone Hunter Shed Dog Training Kit- Only $34.49  (Includes: Training Handbook, Large Antler (Hard Rubber Material), Liquid Shed Antler Scent)

There are Also some really great Shed Dog DVD training videos and books out there, check those out as well for an easy to follow guide on shed dog training.


  • How long does the shed dog training process take?

This is a hard question to answer depending on what type of  frequency you are training your dog, but a good estimate would be 4-6 weeks with a fairly regular training routine.  If you have a puppy we would say longer, only because you should be introducing antler and play training at a very young age, but again formal training will still be in the 4-6 week range, once they get to a more mature level.  This is a general time frame and to be honest, training a dog is really never over, like any other type of dog training a continual habit of the basics will be need to be reinforced to keep your shed dog operating in tip top shape.  The take away here though is that it is not a super hard or lengthy process and can be done with in a modest time and money investment.


  • Is there scent to antlers?  If so, can my dog recognize it?

Absolutely, getting your dog trained to recognize shed antler scent and is key to successfully finding shed antlers in the woods.  Sight identification is certainly part of the shed dog training process but a dogs nose is where they really excel.  We sell two main types of shed antler scent, both work great for training:

Shed Dog Trainer Rack Wax- Shed Antler Scent- Only $9.95

Dog Bone Hunter Liquid Shed Antler Scent- Only $9.99


  • How would you train a dog to be used for large elk antlers?

I was sent this message from the guys over at ESD.  I have trained several dogs that are being used out west and picking elk, muleys and whitetails.  I agree, there are gonna be times where some dogs struggle with the elk simply due to size of the antler and or the dog.  With that being said, I have been surprised by a dogs ability to retrieve VERY large objects in comparison to their own size. (20 lb giant Canadian geese picked by 40lb English labs for example)  The approach to training a dog to retrieve a larger item is no different that the approach I take to most skill sets...incrementally.  I take small steps to progress, building off of each successful lesson.  One thing that is important to remember is that dogs do not go from A-Z, instead they learn by going from A-B, B-C, C-D, etc. (incremental training).  If my goal was to have my dog retrieving large elk sheds, I would start with successful training with small sheds and gradually work my way up.  If you get to the point that your dog hits a road block...back up and reinforce the steps prior to moving forward.

Question was answered by Jeremy Moore of Dog Bone Products- Shop Dog Bone Shed Dog Training Products Here>>>


  • Can you train a dog that does not have the natural instinct to retreive?
 
As far as your question about breeds go, I have seen and heard countless success stories from customers that have had success training any style/breed of dog, regaurdless of reteiviing instinct.  Like you mentioned, the cur dogs are very intelligent and extremely loyal and trainable.  They have what I call a strong biddability or willingness to please.  This is one thing I look for in any shed dog prospect.  Although retrieving may not be their strength...a tennis ball turned into a game of chase and return can remedy that quite quickly. It will bring out their natural predator/prey instinct and as long as you keep it fun and a game, they will quickly learn that the soon they get it back to you, the sooner they will get another opportunity.  
 
Question was answered by Jeremy Moore of Dog Bone Products- Shop Dog Bone Shed Dog Training Products Here>>>


  • Where can I find more information about training shed dogs and shed dog tips?

BLOG- You are in luck, this is not all the information we have for you on shed dog training and getting started with this awesome sport!  We have a full blog that cover tons of topics and has lots of additional information on shed dog training, shed antler hunting, NASHDA (North American Shed Hunting Dog Association) and much much more!!

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