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When I started training my pointing Lab with remote bird launchers, she readily zeroed in on bird scent. Now she acts hesitant,

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  • When I started training my pointing Lab with remote bird launchers, she readily zeroed in on bird scent. Now she acts hesitant,

    When I started training my pointing Lab with remote bird launchers, she readily zeroed in on bird scent. Now she acts hesitant, as though the launcher noise is a warning that she shouldn't mess with birds. What should I do? -Donald Langefeld, Lexington, KY

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    What you're experiencing is not uncommon. Sensitive dogs can get that impression and should be conditioned to launcher noise before this phase of training begins. Make launcher sounds commonplace, and therefore to be ignored, by triggering them frequently as your dog eats and during walks in the field with no birds present. On separate walks let her find, flush and chase birds, if she will, to rekindle interest. When s's excited about birds again and totally ignores launcher noise, return to well-timed launched birds to teach her that getting too close before pointing results in unproductive flushes. When she points almost at the moment she smells the bird, kill the bird to reinforce work well done.
    -Larry Mueller, Hunting Dogs Editor

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      Play and feed your dog while the launcher is launching. You have to disassociate the noise to the follow up action, another option is to switch to a different type of launcher.

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