Helping a Gun Shy Dog
Never whip your dog or speak harshly to him as long as he is gun-shy, and never loan him to any other person to hunt with.
A dog is gun-shy either because he is naturally timid and nervous, or because someone has shot at and injured him with a gun. If you handle him gently and quietly he will gradually learn that the discharge of a gun does not harm him, and if he has the right breeding behind him he will learn to love the crack of a gun and the smell of powder.
If you have a young puppy that you want to use in the field, take him out when quite young and get around where someone is shooting and let the pup get used to it. I have had pups there were not afraid of a gun the first time they even heard one. Others were not so bold and it took some time before they would not flinch.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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