Teaching Puppy How to Squirrel Hunt
Teaching your puppy how to squirrel hunt involves getting him used to chasing and hunting squirrels. It requires basic training, but can be very rewarding, especially if you get to see your pup go wild when it hears a squirrel in the distance. To start, you can use an old squirrel’s tail as a training tool. In this article, I’ll share some tips and tricks for training your puppy to hunt squirrels without getting bitten.
Using an old squirrel’s tail as a training tool
Using an old squirrel’s tail as an effective training tool for a dog can help you keep it from getting hurt. Squirrels have a unique language that includes playful clucks, warning barks and slow “clucks”. In addition, they use their tails to keep themselves warm in winter and shade in summer. They also use them as a balance aid when climbing. Gray squirrels are especially good at this, with their sharp incisors able to gnaw through wood and plastic. They must constantly wear down their incisors to stay alive.
In order to protect their territory, squirrels often use their tails to signal danger. Ground-dwelling species will twitch their tails as a form of body language to alert other squirrels of danger. Likewise, aerial predators cannot hide from squirrels, so they won’t flick their tails. This way, a squirrel can avoid a predator by using its tail.
Precautions to avoid burnout
Before you start teaching your puppy to hunt squirrels, make sure you know the rules and regulations of your state. While squirrel hunting may be legal in your area, you must check with the local hunting guide to see which areas are restricted to dogs. During your training sessions, make sure to praise your puppy for making it to a tree. Praise your puppy in a happy voice and show excitement for making the tree. Using treats and games can help you reinforce the behavior.
When training your puppy how to hunt squirrels, remember that it’s an activity that requires constant contact. It’s best to teach your puppy to hunt with another dog. Older dogs will have some experience in squirrel hunting, and you can use their training to help your puppy understand how to respond when a squirrel runs by. If you have a pup who enjoys the hunt, try to take a friend along for the experience.
Getting a puppy to bark at a squirrel
If you want to take your puppy on a successful hunting trip, you should start training him early on. Many people begin training their pups to bark when they see a squirrel. This is essential for your dog’s safety. You can train your puppy to chase the squirrel up a tree by using a lure. Several tricks for training your puppy to chase squirrels are discussed in this guide.
If you are taking your puppy squirrel hunting, first get a caged squirrel. You can tie a rope to it and then release it. Your puppy will bark when it sees a squirrel. After a few trials, it will get the idea that the squirrel is an opportune time for the hunt. Be sure to give your dog lots of praise and encouragement if it makes the tree.
Getting a dog to bark at a squirrel without getting bitten
One of the most difficult parts of training a dog to ignore squirrels is overcoming the dog’s natural prey drive. Dogs hunt squirrels because it’s fun, and hunting wildlife is part of their nature. Training a dog to ignore squirrels can be tricky because some breeds have a much stronger prey drive than others. In particular, herding dogs bred to flush out small animals can have a tough time suppressing their prey drive when around squirrels. Fortunately, there are many different ways to teach a dog to ignore squirrels and not chase them.
Many trainers recommend starting with basic commands with your dog and then working up to gunfire. For young dogs, trapping a squirrel is a good option. If you do not want to use a gun, consider building a cage trap for the squirrels and letting the dog run through it. If your dog is not yet ready to go through this process, it’s best to use a training crate.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.