Choosing the right pup is the first step to sportdog training. Experts and experienced sportdog trainers have said that the best training can’t stand up against a pup that just wasn’t made to be a gundog. Choosing a even-tempered pup and one that isn’t terrified by loud noises makes 50% of training in the bag. Basic training for sportdogs would be the versatile command “HUP!”; in both word and whitle. This command is used at several instances during a field session. With the steps on this page, your sportdog pup will learn how and when to “Hup!”.
Step 1 “HUP!”
One of the commands most sport dogs need to recognize is the word “HUP”, this in dog-speak means sit. Often used during the hunt this command is basic and one that will be often used. The first time the “Hup!” is used calls for dog treats. To be able to get your pup in ‘HUP!’ fashion is to pass a treat above head while repeating the word command. Give the treat at hand only when it sits. Repeat this for several times, making it more fun than just a lesson.
Step 2 Whistle and “HUP!”
With the use of a whistle, give it a short burst of sound, this is the whistle style of “Hup”. Using treats again, have your pet follow the hand with treat, using passes overhead. Now give your whistle command for “HUP!” as you start to move the treat over the top of the pup’s head without saying “hup!”. Repeat both exercises, until your pup gets the“HUP!” command in both word and a blast of a whistle.
Step3 Stay Until Released
Teaching this step involves the use of a platform, a electronic training collar and a 3 meter leash. Put a square platform a few feet from you. Give your pet dog the “Hup!” ordering it to sit the said platform. With your pet dog on the other end of the leash, tug a bit at the leash. When your pet tries to move out of the “Hup!” position, send a mild correction through.
This step teaches your pet to stay on the platform to fend off the correction. The correction is done when your dog doesn’t resume and maintain a “Hup”. End this step session by calling your dog’s name and walking away from the platform, with it following on leash.
Step 4 “Hup!” at Heel
With the first two training steps, reinforce it by walking your pet dog on a leash. Walk with your pet dog, then suddenly stop. At the time you’d decide to stop, say a deliberate “Hup!” then stop. Mastering both steps 1 and 2, your pet will sit at the “Hup”. Walk around some more and stop, without the “Hup!” command. You’ll see how clever your pet is, since it’ll catch on by going on “Hup!” without having to be told. Praise your pet once it has caught on.
For pet dogs slow on the take, reinforce the “Hup!” with a jerk of the leash. Never teach steps 3 and up without your dog learning and mastering steps 1 & 2.
Step 5 “Hup!” from Motion
The 4th step of the “Hup!” command will have you and your pet dog on the move. Give the command to “Hup!”-verbal or whistle, and continue walking without the dog this time. You must expect it to maintain the “Hup!” position, allowing you to walk away from it. At first most pet dogs take one or two tentative steps befor stopping.
Go back to the platform, lead it towards the platform as you abruptly give the “Hup!” command. Reinforce training with a mild correction. Abrupt and sudden stops are common during the hunt. Your pet dog must master this since the command and stops will carry over in a sport dog’s work at the field.