Just a quick post to see if anyone has any suggestions on how to iron out the early stages of gunshyness in my Labrador.
Asher is 18 months, I took him out on the first day of our shooting season at the small shoot I beat on, and as it was a duck only day he was mostly picking up. He picked up every bird I sent him in for, but I noticed he was a bit sketchy every time a gun would go off. The guns were very close, and every time a shot would go off, I'd notice he would crouch very low to the ground and almost crawl. But once he was sent in for a retrieve, his tail would be wagging and it was back to normal.
I want to sort out this hiccup before it becomes full blown gunshyness. I took him out on the Saturday after the shoot with a bag full of dummies and a dummy launcher that fires .22 blanks. I was using that, and he was again, crouching very low to the ground whenever the dummy launcher was fired, but once I sent him in to go hunt for the dummy, he was wagging his tail.
Next week, I'm going to try and just throw the dummy while a friend of mine shoots a 12 bore about 100 yards away.
Does anyone else have any similar stories, problems, or suggestions on how I can nip this in the bud before it's too late?