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Just been out for my first experiance pigeon shooting with a shooting friend of mine,  had an awesome evening although I’m told it was a quiet one! And definitely got the bug.

Got me wondering though, what are people’s experiences with their gun dogs and long term exposure to the noise.  Have any of you more experienced hunters seen any effects of this or found a way to protect their canine partners whilst on the shoot? 

Looking forward to hearing some experiences from folks. 




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There's no way that any of the dogs that I had would have kept ear defenders on. Never heard or seen anything like it. One of the labs used to stand behind me on the opposite side to the gun. strangely none of the dogs that I have had have gone noticeably  deaf other than selective deafness. They went deaf until a biscuit packet was russled. They could all hear this 50 paces away. Another angle about this is the fact that most dogs don't last past 10 years in the field before they are retired. 

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