Expert Insights on Perfecting the Silent 'Come, Go With Me' Drill for Gun Dog Training

Expert Insights on Perfecting the Silent 'Come, Go With Me' Drill for Gun Dog Training

Mastering the 'Come, Go With Me' Command: A Comprehensive Guide for Gun Dog Trainers

Welcome back to! This week, we're diving deeper into the nuances of the 'Come, Go With Me' command, a cornerstone technique in gun dog training. Our insights draw from a fascinating episode of the Gun Dog It Yourself podcast with expert Nick Adair.

Introduction to 'Come, Go With Me' Command

The 'Come, Go With Me' command is one of the four foundational commands critical for any hunting dog. It’s a silent, but powerful tool, taught using a leather training collar to foster a seamless connection between hunter and dog.

The Concept: An Invisible Bond

When you initiate this command, it’s like drawing an invisible line from your belt buckle to your dog's collar. The goal is for your dog to maintain a pattern in front of you, akin to a windshield wiper or zigzag motion, minimizing the need for verbal cues.

The Zigzag Drill: Fostering Instinctive Cooperation

This drill is where your dog learns the essence of hunting in sync with you. You'll navigate through fields, pivoting and changing directions, to establish a rhythm. This movement teaches your dog to stay alert and responsive to your non-verbal cues.

Implementing the Check Cord

Begin with a check cord, about 15-20 feet long, guiding your dog's movements. This distance sets a natural boundary for your dog, helping it understand the range of motion and your expectations during the hunt.

Gradual Progression: Building Confidence and Skill

As your dog becomes more adept at following the zigzag pattern, gradually reduce your reliance on the check cord. This transition encourages your dog to rely more on instinct and less on physical guidance.

Layering Commands: Silent to Verbal Cues

Starting with non-verbal commands, the training evolves to incorporate verbal cues. 'Hoe' (pronounced "hoooeee") becomes a directive for your dog to turn and align with your movement. This command does not imply coming directly to you, but rather staying in sync with your direction.

Introduction of the E-collar

Introducing the E-collar into the training regime refines your dog’s responsiveness. This tool helps reinforce the commands learned, ensuring that your dog remains attentive and responsive even at greater distances.

The Ultimate Objective: Harmonious Hunting

The end goal of the 'Come, Go With Me' drill is to develop a hunting partnership where your dog instinctively follows your lead. This harmony reduces the need for constant commands, making the hunting experience more enjoyable and efficient.

Tips for Effective Training

  1. Consistency is Key: Regular practice reinforces the commands and patterns.
  2. Patience and Positive Reinforcement: Always approach training with patience and reward your dog’s progress.
  3. Gradual Complexity: Start with simple patterns and gradually increase complexity as your dog's skills improve.
  4. Monitor Your Dog’s Response: Be attentive to how your dog responds to different cues and adjust your training accordingly.

Engage with Our Community

Questions or need a visual guide? Connect with us on Instagram or watch our upcoming videos for practical demonstrations. Our community is a resource for sharing experiences and tips.

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced hunter, understanding and mastering the 'Come, Go With Me' command is essential for developing an efficient and responsive hunting dog. Continue to explore for more insights, tips, and guides on gun dog training.

Remember, each dog is unique, and adapting these techniques to suit your dog’s learning style is crucial. Consulting with a professional trainer can provide personalized guidance. Happy training and hunting!

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