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squirrel dog training

PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:06 pm
by racklover
Have a half-fiest puppy. Seems to have a good nose. Will hunt close & work area really well, but will not "tree". If he rears up on a tree more than once there is usually something in it. I have found enough squirrels after he has left the tree to know that is what he smelled. Anybody know how i can teach him - do i need to take him with someone who has a good trained dog. Any ideas?

Re: squirrel dog training

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:20 pm
by jv
Woodwalker might can answer that question but his wife was in a bad wreck a couple of weeks ago and he has not been on any of the forums lately

Re: squirrel dog training

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:33 pm
by Woodwalker
How old is the dog? Have you shot any squirels out to the dog yet? Sounds like he has the nose to tree em' But he lacks confidence. I'd put a little meat in his mouth and be sure that he knew what I wanted from him. If you ever associate the correct game with some type of reward and lots of pettin and attention he'll probably train himself. If you hunt him with another dog I'd be sure it wasn't an aggressive dog... Sounds like he needs to build some confidence...that's all. I do a good bit of hunting on Running Deer in Clay county, if you want to hunt the dog with an older dog after deer season closes just send me a pm, and maybe I can help.

Re: squirrel dog training

PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:13 am
by racklover
He's 9 m/o. shot less than 10 squirrels over him. when he shows interest in a tree and moves on.....then i find squirrel in that tree....i call him back before i shoot it. also shower him with praise &let him play with it a little. lets get together ..Running Deer is right in my backyard. also have plenty of hardwoods around & in our club. CONFIDENCE is the right word. Honestly never thought chasin tree rats to be so much fun.

Re: squirrel dog training

PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:34 pm
by meat hunter
Good Luck racklover, sounds like you are on the right trail here with your training. I lost my last squirrel dog about a year and a half ago, just haven't been able to replace her. Be consistent and show praise. And don't give up.

Good Hunting.

Vaya con Dios

Re: squirrel dog training

PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:31 pm
by Woodwalker
racklover wrote:He's 9 m/o. shot less than 10 squirrels over him. when he shows interest in a tree and moves on.....then i find squirrel in that tree....i call him back before i shoot it. also shower him with praise &let him play with it a little. lets get together ..Running Deer is right in my backyard. also have plenty of hardwoods around & in our club. CONFIDENCE is the right word. Honestly never thought chasin tree rats to be so much fun.


You're on the right track. Just keep doing what you're doing. A little pettin and a lot of beatin the bushes is all your dog needs to come along. Treeing( whether it's coons, squirels, or mountain lions) is all about confidence and aggression. When he figures out when he is sure about what he's doing, then he'll let you know. With all the scent that tree rats leave on the ground, some dogs are slow to gain confidence. We definately need to get together. Just pm me after deer season and we'll work out the details. At only nine months old... time is all you have, don't rush him or expect to much. IMO!

Re: squirrel dog training

PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:34 am
by 11buck
I have had squrriel an coon dogs for most of my life, Does your pup locate bark or bark any when he rares up? an when he does rare up on a tree tie him to it a walk just out of site until he starts barking on the tree then hurry back an praise him. it will teach him that you want him to bark an show you where the game is. leave him tied an encourage him to tree an bark an then shoot the squrriel out to him an show him that it pleases you!! i hope this helps, if not get a Mountain Cur they are naturals!!