is your dog gun shy?

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  1. BEER

    BEER bad example

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    thanks to what will henceforth be known as "the squirrel incident of 2010" i've just discovered that my dog is extremely gun shy. the gun itself dosen't scare him but the loud bang it makes will instantly turn him into a fur covered hidey hole seeking missile. i swear to god i think the dog was gone and hid before the bullet ever hit the mark.

    p.s. 3 facts about squirrels.

    1) they do not like being shot in the ***.

    2) squirrels take it very personally when their tails come off.

    3) 6:45am under a cold, dark, slightly muddy trailer is a bad time and place to try to hunt down a (wounded but not quite as dead as you thought he was) squirrel who's been shot in the ass and has lost his tail. you ever see the movie "aliens"? yeah imagine that, but on a smaller scale and with fur.
     
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    Glock-it-to-me Catching liars

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    My GSD's think it's Christmas when I pick up a long gun to go out.
     

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    G30SF/F-250 Pinky Out Platinum Member

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    All of our "hearing" dogs hate it!
     
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    metrogruntual o__O

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    after a glock lower getting chewed on, my gun's a little dog shy
     
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    Shortly after adopting my first Siberian from the shelter I took my father's shotgun out of the back closet. The dog paid rapt attention. I took off the case and the dog got real fidigity. I racked the slide and the dog was in a panic to leave the room. There is a back story there I will never know.
     
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    My dogs both react very differently toward guns. My pit mix likes to sniff the gun if I leave it somewhere she can reach it like the coffee table or my desk. My GSD mix runs and hides anytime I have a gun in my hand. Whether it's cleaning the gun, practicing clearing rooms or holstering to go out, he tucks tail and is a "furry land based hiding-place seeking rocket"
     
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    It's all about training and conditioning. It has to take place when they are pups being weaned. Shoot some starter pistol of set off some firecrackers when they are nursing...start far away then move in closer over time...breaks them of the fear of "bangs."
     
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    Guns and fireworks turn both of my 100 pound land shrks into wimpering ninnies who try to climb inside me.
     
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    This is why they must be trained/conditioned as pups.
     
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    My older heeler is scared to death now. As are most the humans that were there. We just arrived at our spot in the woods. We are unloading and not 15 feet away , no warning to anyone, we hear BOOOM from his 44. It was my FIL and my heeler is terrified now. I also never bring him, the father in law, to the woods with us anymore. Or to the range.
     
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    metrogruntual o__O

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    fwiw, that never happened

    just another one liner void of humor...

    :dunno:
     
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    Yeah I agree. It is almost impossible to overcome if started too late.
     
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    My dog has been comfortable from the get go and I adopted him at almost a year old. Even so much as to be leaning on my leg while I shoot. But point any gun AT him and he gets agitated, will growl and bark. He has always just seemed to understand that you don't want to be on the wrong end of it.
     
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    You're selling yourself too short...

    it was another one liner EXTREMELY void of humor. :tongueout:
     
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    Beer,

    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    Someday remind me to tell ya of my brother's, 2007, Momma 'coon incident. :rofl:

    Poor dog, poor squirrel.

    I understand squirrel language... I bet it was screaming something along the lines of, "I get the one %&^$ hunter in the whole %&^$ state that will shoot a squirrel in the *ss!"

    Beer, that little black dot is the eye... you never aim for that "dot" on the other end man. :whistling:
     
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    My dogs don't mind the range. I'm teaching them to gather up my brass and bring it to me. :whistling:
     

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    BurkGlocker Texas Redneck

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    My old cocker spaniel knew that when we grabbed a shotgun that he was going to go play. One of the best bird dogs I ever had and I didnt teach him a damn thing. Now, my old chocolate lab, if I even brought a firearm in to the same room as her, she tucked tail and wandered off. Same with my Chihuahua.

    Your squirrel story reminds me of the baby possum incident of '95... Lord help us all...

    BG
     
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  18. BEER

    BEER bad example

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    i was aiming at his head when i pulled the trigger, but as is common with most agitated squirrels, he wasn't exactly sitting still at the time. besides, i hadn't had my coffee or morning smoke yet, i'm just happy i didn't shoot myself in the ass. lol
     
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    My 100+ pound moron of a rottie isn't the least bit gun shy. For him gun and a walk ='s playtime. He also seems to think that bottle rockets and black cats are really great toys.....you can't have him around when your setting fireworks off. although the couple of times he grabbed the lit rolls of black cats and took off with them was funny as hell. Of course this is the same moron that is terrified of baby chickens...all i can say is he is wired a tad wierd.
     
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