Since on occasions we hunt with a gun, or at least go out hunting with another gun hunter, I have taken the precautions of conditioning the pups to the gun. I was a bit surprised at how well they took to it, as Zsa Zsa isn't a fan of loud noises.
We started with a shotgun, but from long distances of 200+ metres and slowly worked our way in closer over a period of time. Each shot was followed by praise and a little play and then we moved in closer and repeated the process. I used a shotgun as it is loud. very loud. so I figured anything less noisy won't be an issue from there. As I said, they took to it like they had been doing it all there lives. No stress, no anxiety and barely a flinch when it goes off.
Included in the gun conditioning was working on being steady until released. This is something I never really worried about with the bow, as the with the bow, there is no follow up shot. You either drop it, or you miss. So I always just let them go after it as soon as the arrow was unleashed. Again, it didn't take them long to work out that they needed to wait till released to track the prize.
On Friday when we shot the last Deer with the 300WSM, they behaved perfectly, waiting till I gave to go get em command to follow the Deer and track it to where it stopped for it's final sleep.
Both of them are getting better and better at the whole hunting caper and I am truly looking forward to when they are 4 or 5 years old and where barely a command is needed to be issued.