Intro to Shed Hunt
Pre-requisite: Dogs enrolled in this class should be able to train reliably off leash (E-collars allowed) or managed on 15-20ft long lines. Dogs should be free from reactivity and/ aggression to other dogs.
Duration: 4 week class
Searching for shed deer antlers is a growing pastime for deer hunters who are learning that the use of the family canine greatly increases the odds of recovering shed antlers. A wide variety of dog breeds are successfully used for this purpose. The space required to train and test the skills of a shed dog are minimal when compared to other types of hunting which makes this sport very accessible to a wide range of individuals and their dogs. The shed introduction is a key step in starting a companion and/or competition shed hunting dog. This class is designed to bring out and enhance your dog’s natural ability to use their nose. In this class your dog will be introduced to shed antlers, begin scent pairing, and learn the foundations for retrievals.
* Dog Bone Shed Antler Training System ($35) Includes rubber shed antler and antler scent.
*High value food rewards
* 15-20ft long line
Training requirements: Dogs enrolled in this class should be able to train reliably off leash (E-collars allowed) or managed on 15-20ft long lines. Dogs should be free from reactivity and/ aggression to other dogs.
Note: This class will be mainly outdoors. Make sure to dress appropriately.
About the trainer: Melinda has successfully trained the first Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever to compete and title in the Untied Kennel Club’s Elite Shed Dog competition. As well as competed in UKC’s first Elite Shed Dog competition in the state of Texas. Melinda also enjoys recreational shed hunting locally with her personal dogs