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Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Central Texas
Re: Shooting Range
7 yds, because that is as short as your range will shoot!
Pistol, and SoMo, gave you good advice, but, let me amplify.
I have worked dogs, mostly 'problem' dogs, for forty years; the only difference, IMHO, is that the dogs learn, faster than people.
You are 'teaching', while my chore is 'unteaching, and reteaching', fundamental behavior.
Loud noises (Be sure of hearing protection, don't ask), and sudden movement (recoil?), put both species off, so, start with a little gun, always.
My dogs come quick to learn that I am never without a 'treat', in my pocket, for good behavior, as I have found that positive re-inforcement, of good behavior, simply works.
While a bit of a hot dog will not much impress your lady friend, a successful shot, followed by a compliment, on the same, will.
I get dogs to climb ladders, out of their trust, for me, and positive rewards, when they do good; shooting is simple, by comparison!
Right from the gate, never having fired a shot, she will do something, right, so focus, and add some praise, for that, and constructively apraise, and criticise, those things that were NOT done so well, as a 'learning experience', for you both.
I am typing this, with a Red Heeler bitch, at my feet, who went through three very kowledgeable owners, a pup that brought $800, at six weeks, but a 'freebie', to me, because all her past owners had decided she was 'incorrigeable', and dumped her, for that reason. My deal with the first owner, was that, if allowed, I would train and work her, gratis, because I saw in her more potential than I have ever before seen, in a pup.
Agreed, and I worked her, from three months, on stock, with tremendous success, until about 10 months, when she 'got out of control'(?) at home, and I had to outplace her. Twice. Yet, today, she will work off lead, anywhere! She's been 'home', for about six weeks.
Australian Cattle Dogs are a very unique breed, and, according to most authorities, need space, and generally, 'don't do well with strangers', as they are obsessively protective of their space, and charges,(Human, or stock) to the point of extremely aggressive behavior.
Yet, she prospers, in an urban environment, and is trustworthy, anywhere. True enough, if you invade my 'space', she will growl, but 'steady, Georgia', and a treat, with a proper introduction, and you are home, free.
Pardon the digression, but the same principles apply to training people; as a former Special Forces soldier, I can attest that it works for both species.
Set your initial limits low, and overwhelm with praise, when met, and, slowly, raise the bar. Start with an unintimidating weapon, hopefully, a full sized .22 LR, and move up in caliber, and recoil, as progress permits.
A 'vest pocket' sized .25 is not exactly the best starter, for my shooters, but, if their hand will accomodate it, one of my .22 Colt conversions, on a 1911 frame, might well be!
Don't start no s**t and there won't be none, Terry
Last edited by stash247; 04-28-2007 at 10:58 AM..