Level 2 German Shorthaired Pointer Gundog Training Videos
These videos illustrate some of the activities in the Aytee GSPs Level 2 Training Manual. You may have moved further forward in some aspects or be behind in others, dont worry, every single combination of dog, owner, facilities, time etc etc is different, take it at your own pace.
Training a German Shorthaired Pointer to do an early Water Retrieve.
Care must be taken in letting the young German Shorthaired Pointer off the lead so he cannot run out of control.
Throwing Dummies and not retrieving is an important part of retriever training for any gundog but especially an HPR dog like the German Shorthaired Pointer.
This kind and gentle method of teaching your dog to hold a dummy simply needs patience and a sympathetic approach. Once learnt and established over time the habit of carrying gently will transfer to game in the field.
Stop whistle training must be methodical and not rushed. It is not just about your whistle. How you behave when your dog is free will have a great effect on the result.
A young GSP is practising quartering on open land. We are looking for hares to improve steadiness. Work a headwind in the early days and use body language to direct them, avoiding too much whistle, but keep your whistle in your mouth incase something jumps !
In this video Jerzi's keen approach to retrieving has allowed her to moved forward quickly but I must still be careful to keep her calm and confident. There is no Age = Level of training rule, because every dog is different. Work at the speed you feel is right.
Continue to use any straight line like a track or fenceline to help your dog to keep focus on its retrieves. Young dogs must keep their line on memory or blind retrieves (as well as seen retrieves) and ignore bad deliveries at your peril !
When you think your dog is ready work on game bearing in mind that they are all ready for this at a different time. This young dog at 2 years old is learning to hold her point and then flush the bird on command but I dont want her to chase so being quick with the stop whistle is essential.
Poor hunting conditions can still turn into worthwhile training sessions. Move your dog around and make him listen. Always lots of praise.
Here German Shorthaired Pointers are making good use of a quiet drive learning steadiness and obedience. When you first take your youngster out on a shoot day this is all you will want to do alongside an easy memory retrieve in a quiet moment. Beware, it is very easy to spoil a young dog by giving it too much work too soon.
Teaching your GSP basic commands will take considerable time before they are fully established and reliable. During all this time care needs to be taken in how much freedom you give your young dog on a walk and any unsupervised freedom is definately a quick way to them learning bad habits.