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Gun Dog Breeders: Get a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever To Hunt Ducks

By    |   Monday, 28 Mar 2016 07:20 PM

For many — though not all — Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers, hunting is in their nature. They have a hunting instinct that gun dog breeders have bred into them over nearly 200 years.

That doesn't mean an untrained "toller," as they are known for short, will naturally make a good duck hunting dog. Hunting dogs must be well-trained to perform the tasks they've been bred for. Their instincts make it easier to train them for hunting, but they do need training.

The first step in training a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever for duck hunting, as any gun dog breeder will tell you, is good old obedience, according to gun dog breeder Robert Milner. It's not as exciting as tossing out duck dummies in the lake, but without obedience, you'll have an excited, hard-to-control dog when you go hunting.

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After successful obedience training, you should start applying it to hunting practice. Your toller shouldn't go running into the water the second it sees a bird drop. It should go running into the water when — and only when — you tell it. This takes practice, especially when you're tossing dummies into the water.

Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever are fast learners who like being trained. It will come together with patience.

Tolling — the distinctive "dance" that draws waterfowl to the shoreline — comes naturally to many Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers, but it isn't spontaneous.

To train your toller to toll for ducks, sit in the duck blind and toss a ball to the shoreline, along with a command, advised the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club. The dog will chase the ball and may start running back and forth along the shoreline with it. It may take practice to train it not to bring the ball right to you, and you will need to train it to follow your command to return to the blind when its work is done.

Ideally, with a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, you'll be able to practice both tolling and retrieving at your hunting location during the off-season. All you'll need is a couple of soft ball, several duck dummies, patience, and training skill.

If you've never done hunting training, it's highly recommended that you find a trainer to help in the field. It will be a learning experience for both you and your toller.

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For many – though not all – Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers, hunting is in their nature. They have a hunting instinct that gun dog breeders have bred into them over nearly 200 years.
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