How to Do Short Training Sessions with Your Hunting Dog

Short training sessions can be very effective when done frequently enough and properly. If you want to train your dog to hunt, give the short training sessions a go to begin with, in order to familiarize the dog with the concept of following something worth eating. After it is used to this, you can move onto more advanced hunting dog training.


  1. 1
    Pet your pup to make it happy. Give it a nice bowl of water to drink. Put it on a leash.
  2. 2
    Gather a really drippy treat, like a small slab of raw meat, lunchmeat, or cheese dipped in water. Do not dip meat in water as this will dilute the smell.
  3. 3
    Have someone hold the pup at the far end of your lawn or a large field. Put a long string on the drippy treat. Standing next to the person, let the dog smell the treat. Drag the treat along the ground, around obstacles and under bushes or crops. Make sure the dog can still smell the treat, but have the person holding the leash keeping the dog put.
  4. 4
    Leave the treat on the ground at the end of the trail, but make sure you remove the string.
  5. 5
    Come back to the dog. Unleash it, and have it follow the scent trail.
  6. 6
    Once the dog finds the treat, reward and praise it accordingly.
  7. 7
    Do this in many short sessions, gradually moving to dry treats as the dog gets better. Frequency is more important than length of the training, as the dog will soon see the pattern and begin to expect, then know, what to do next.


  • Before improvising any training technique, always think it through first.

Things You'll Need

  • Treats
  • String
  • Leash and collar
  • A helper

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Categories: Dog Obedience