Any experienced dog trainer will tell you how much easier life is with a properly equipped training bag. We handlers need the right tools to get what we need out of our dogs. That goes for training a shed dog, too. A "deer dog" is a dog that we use to help us find sheds or downed deer. In my years of training, I've whittled my training bag down to just the essentials.
That way, I can remain mobile and venture into different areas to get the dog accustomed to various terrain and situations. Inside you'll find everyday obedience items, plus antlers, scents and a few things that make our training environment tolerable, if not a joy.
The training bag itself is often overlooked. It's important to have a bag designed for easy access to lots of stuff. It's also best to have nothing in your hands, in order to keep your focus on the dogs. I prefer a "messenger-style" bag that I wear with the strap across the chest
Here are 12 shed dog training items to add to your light training pack...
Dog Bone | Antler Scent
Canvas bumper wrapped with RealHide for the retrieve at the end of a simulated track line.
RealHide Scent Drag| This is a great way to minimize scent contamination when laying a track.
Drag clip and drag line
Tennis balls, various colors for various terrain — e.g., green for grass.
Acme 211 1/2 pealess dog whistle for a higher pitch and a more natural sound than the traditional pea-whistles; resists freezing up.
Slip chain for heel work
Actual deer antler. Use a shed with a pedicle for natural scent.
Training shed antler set
ThermaCELL insect repellent
Center-ring safety collar
Tick spray. Don't leave home without it!
The training bag itself is often overlooked. It's important to have a bag designed for easy access to lots of stuff. It's also best to have nothing in your hands, in order to keep your focus on the dogs. I prefer a "messenger-style" bag that I wear with the strap across my chest.
Jeremy Moore started training retrievers 16 years ago. Since then he has focused on training his dogs and his clients' dogs for shed hunting and blood-tracking wounded game. He is co-owner of Moore Outdoors, which produces DogBone Training Products.