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ou've probably met the loquacious
dog owner; the person who engages
in a distracting, running, one-sided
conversation with his hunting dog.
"Here boy! Here here here here! Good
boy. Good boy. Hunt 'em up now, hunt
'em up. Where's the bird? Find 'em. Go get
'em. Over here! Get outa there. Slow down.
Whoa! Stop! Don't run. Stand. Atta boy.
Look over there. Anything in there boy?
No, not over there, over here. Come. Come
come come. Over here. Come when I say
come! Here now. Sit. Stay. No, here ... "
Saints preserve us, a dog under that
layer of verbosity has two choices: Go
insane or ignore the boss. Most ignore.
In contrast, there are hunters like my
friend Talmage Smedley near Farr West,
Utah. This guy appears to control his dogs
via osmosis or some kind of telepathy. He
walks, they hunt. They return to one word
or whistle. They jump onto training tables,

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go into kennels and wait until released; and
you rarely hear a word from Talmage.
How does he do it? He listens to his
dogs. "Our dogs are remarkably good at
reading us," he told me. "We're not so good
at reading them, but it's there-the body
language. Pay attention and you can read
what they want to do. Reward the behavior
you want, discourage behavior you don't
want, and you don't need a lot of commands. A single word or gesture will do."
Given the verbal skills of your average
fox or wolf, this makes sense. They learn
and communicate more through visual
cues than verbal. Your dog can do the same.
Select specific, short word commands for
behaviors like sit, whoa, kennel and here,
and overlay them with visual cues-a hand
gesture, a finger point, a body lean.
The critical point is not the specific
word or gesture, but using each consistently. Repeating a command rarely

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By Ron Spomer, Field Editor

improves a dog's response time. Begging
never works. Better to enforce the command and repeat the exercise again and
again until it's ironed in. Repetition and
reward are key. If Dog gets an immediate reward for an immediate response,
he'll give you immediate responses. Soon
enough, no reward will be necessary, and
you'll be silent partners afield, getting the
job done without shouting to alert every
bird out there.

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