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About vom Sturmland
What is a Versatile
Hunting Dog?
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This page is maintained for the exclusive use of versatile hunting dog handlers.

Minka vom Schnepfenstrich on point in the Apalachicola National Forest

The training methods herein are not methods that I personally invented. They are a collection of methods that I have learned first hand from other handlers and trainers. I have found all of the methods to be useful when properly applied to the appropriate training situation.In some cases I've modified methods in consideration of available training materials, my personal preference, the needs of a particular dog and or specific situations.

It's important to understand that what works on one dog may not work on another.In fact even the degree to which a given training method should be applied will vary from dog to dog. Nothing is carved in stone! There may be several good ways to come to the same result. Training is a dynamic process that requires thought, strategic planning, anticipation, flexibility and above all patience. The job of training a versatile hunting dog is a continuum and each training section listed below, though presented alone, represents only a piece of a larger puzzle.

If you're task oriented like I am, don't fool yourself into training your dog on a test by test basis. Your ultimate goal should be to own and hunt over a well trained, finished versatile hunting dog. That means you should begin training to that end right from the get go. If your intention is to finish your dog and test in the VGP then don't wait until after the Derby/VJP or the Solms/HZP to begin the training required to be successful in the VGP.

First time handlers are always asking, " My dog is just a puppy - what can I train for now?". The answer is everything! The foundation of a great versatile hunting dog is obedience and cooperation. A puppy can at least learn those things right out of the box.
Everything from blood tracking to cooperation in the field can begin when the puppy is old enough to venture outdoors and teaching something's can begin even sooner.

Almost as many first time handlers with a dog approaching a year or so old wonder, "Why doesn't my dog obey?" " My dog won't heel, won't stay in a down or sitting position, won't come and is generally noisy and uncooperative." The longer one waits to teach obedience the more disobedient the dog will become. I know from personal experience that type of behavior can and should be thwarted at a very young age. There is definitely some truth to the old saying, " You can't teach an old dog new tricks". The time to begin training is today!

It's to your advantage to read all of the material presented here before proceeding with any specific training. That way you will have some idea of what skills a finished versatile hunting dog should possess. In other words it will enable you to see the big picture.
If you focus all of your training time only on the subjects of one test you may very well complete that test successfully, but you will no doubt overlook something that you could have and should have been training for all along. That deficiency may cause you problems at the next level or at a minimum cost you valuable training time.

A smart Kurzhaar breeder once told me, " If you work hard for your dog for two years, the dog will work hard for you ten years". To me that seems like a pretty fair deal!

Training a versatile hunting dog is not an event it is a process
that must begin and continue with consistency throughout. Even after a dog is completely trained to the finished level it will undoubtedly need an occasional refresher on any given skill. Even the most intelligent people need a reminder from time to time.

A good handler finds what works and sticks with it; A great handler is constantly evaluating the dog and is willing to make a change.

If you are reading this it's probable that you and I have much in common. If nothing else we love hunting and hunting dogs. I hope what I've written in the following paragraphs will help you and your dog be successful in all of your training and hunting endeavors. I wish you success and enjoyment and as much luck as you need while fulfilling your training and hunting goals..

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Click Here To Purchase a Rule Book for any of the Tests Listed Below

Basic Obedience
Training for the Derby/VJP
Training for the Solms/HZP
Training for the VGP
Training for the BTR
Blood Tracking
Maps and Directions To Test and Training Sites:
Apalachicola National Forest, Florida Monticello, Aucilla Hwy, Florida
JDA Plantation, Florida Avant, Forest, Florida
Thomasvlle Test Site, Georgia Sand Hills State Forest, North Carolina
Percy Priest Test Site, Tennessee Hamilton Cnty. Ag. Center, Georgia
Johnston Farm, Virginia  


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Deutsch Kurzhaar vom Sturmland

Gary Fleming