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Anyone use a German Shepherd to shed hunt?
« on: January 12, 2023, 10:35:29 PM »
I have an amazing shed dog I’ve spent 100 of hours  training myself - she’s a 2.5 yr old Lab. She’s my buddy and wouldn’t trade her for the world. Incredible duck and shed dog, BUT a complete pansy in terms of keeping critters away from the chicken coop, alerting to strangers, etc… We live in the country away from any neighbors and my driveway is the access road to private timber company land and frequently we have nefarious folks come down trying to dump or do whatever. I also work a job where there are people who might like to cause harm to my family. Our girls are just getting to the age where we’re starting to leave them home alone and I’d really like to have a dog with a more protective/confident persona. Every G shepherd I had in the past had that in spades. But, I’d also like to have another shed dog.

I have a lead on a German shepherd litter with top bloodlines where the breeder has produced for K-9 units, drug detection, etc…, solid working dogs. The breeder says she’s sold a couple pups that people have used for shed hunting with great success. Ive had shepherds in the distant past, but that was long before I started shed hunting.

I’ve trained several dogs to do a handful of things, but only labs for finding sheds.

Anyone have insights on a German shepherd being used for shed hunting?
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Re: Anyone use a German Shepherd to shed hunt?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2023, 06:49:28 AM »
I've never used a German shepherd for shed hunting specifically, but I can say that I have a half lab, half German shepherd and he's a very smart dog. With time and dedication,  he could be taught to do almost anything. When I first got him, I was worried he wouldn't make a good bird dog. Turns out he's one of the best I've ever had l.

In my opinion, if you were able to train the other pup, you'll have no issues with training a German Shepherd to shed hunt.

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Re: Anyone use a German Shepherd to shed hunt?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2023, 06:58:25 AM »
If a dog has an absolute burning desire to please, and a good nose, everything else can be taught.  One of the BEST waterfowl dogs I've ever had was a purebred Rottweiler.
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Re: Anyone use a German Shepherd to shed hunt?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2023, 12:08:04 PM »
Wife and I have been training dogs for various things for years and I will say people get WAY too hung up on what a breed of dog can NOT do. Yes, there are breeds that may be more easily trained for some things, but most (that are willing) can be trained to do most anything with patients. IF WILLING TO BE TRAINED.
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Re: Anyone use a German Shepherd to shed hunt?
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2023, 07:09:35 PM »
I do

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Re: Anyone use a German Shepherd to shed hunt?
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2023, 07:27:25 PM »
We had a Shepard when in high school. Kindest dog to most people, fiercest to those he detected to be a threat. You also did not get on the property unless introduced. He also had the ability to find stuff. Give him a scent and he could find it. Not sure about how he would have reacted to critters or other distractions in the woods but I'm sure if he had training for a specific task (Sheds ) he would have found them. Think detection dogs  :tup:

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Re: Anyone use a German Shepherd to shed hunt?
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2023, 01:56:30 PM »
Yet to see a you tube video w a legit shed dog regularly


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Re: Anyone use a German Shepherd to shed hunt?
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2023, 04:02:32 PM »
Reminds me of this one dog we had brought out on this investigation.  Everyone thought it was going to be a big deal.  The gal got out of the rig with him, looked like the dog was taking her on a walk.  She put some stuff out to "test" him or calibrate him, I don't even know.  Dog went over here and peed, went over there and took a leak, sniffed some old food.  The gal had more excuses then Carter has pills on why he wasn't doing anything.  Finally she loaded him back up and took off.  The dog had a real nice truck that was donated by the community though, had a nice vest with lots of patches on it.  The gal was in a job she had no business being in, I think that's why they gave her the dog. 

Yet to see a you tube video w a legit shed dog regularly


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Re: Anyone use a German Shepherd to shed hunt?
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2023, 04:20:46 PM »
My daughters FFA pig grabs the sheds in the yard and likes to carry them around....

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Re: Anyone use a German Shepherd to shed hunt?
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2023, 05:33:55 PM »
That would be cool, IF I could get these bums off the couch!  :chuckle:
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Re: Anyone use a German Shepherd to shed hunt?
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2023, 10:19:29 PM »
It doesn’t need to be breed specific, however, any dog that is willing to work and be obedient to oder can be trained for such tasks


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