I HAVE MY FRIST GSP SHE COME FROM GOOD BLOOD.
WHEN I BOUGHT HER SHE WAS AROUND GUNS & BIRDS. BUT WHEN I GOT HER HOME SHE WAS VERY SHY & SCARED... SHE SLOWLY COME OUT OF IT & I STARTED TRAINNING HER RIGHT AWAY. BUT SHE IS SYILL AFFRAID OF LOUD NOISES. YELLING, BANGING, GUNS. SHE SEAMS REALLY CONFIDENT IN THE YARD BUT WHEN WE GO IN THE FIELD SHE IS STILL NOT TO SURE OF HER SELF. SHE WILL WORK A FIELD PRETTY GOOD FOR WHAT I LIKE. SHE WILL TRACK DRAGED WINGS GOOD & SHE WILL FETCH REALLY WELL & LOVES THE WATER. I WANT TO GET HER ON SOME REAL BIRDS REAL BAD. HOW DO I BOOST HER CONFIDENCE & GET HER UNGUNSHY.
Sorry... Ok. Bella was 1 year old in August. When she was a pup I started walking her with my other dogs ( Labs ) & working on her obedience. Later on I started taking a 22. with me to shoot a few rounds. Right away she would freeze & run back to me. I would ingnore her response & try it again later with the same results. So I told my Buddy who also as GSP's what was going on & he siad to start making lots of noise around the house ( banging pots, Slamming doors ect. ) Wich seemed to work around the house. So when she was about 6 months old I took her out with the other dogs to a pond & did some trianing & decided to pull the shot gun out to see how she would react. She froze in the water & would'nt come out. Ever since then she has been afraid of the gun. Even seeing the gun makes her scared & she is afraid of things that are new that I bring into the house like Elk horns ect. I was told to get some live birds & tie her off & get her excited & work the gun in from a distance... She is a really good dog & I believe she has great potential...
You kinda did things backwards. Build preydrive first then start with crimp blanks. I would not shoot ANYTHING around this dog until shes birdcrazy. It may be too late, depends on the dogs desire.
My suggestion would be to get professional help before going any further with her training around guns. There are many good dogs that have been exposed to the gun too early and cannot be broken of being gunshy. Please be aware that this is not the dogs fault...she was probably exposed to the gun too early and under less than ideal conditions.
Find your nearest gundog trainer and very clearly explain the situation with your dog. Let them help you...very, very slowly by getting her excited about birds and building her prey drive.
Tom knows his stuff, might not hurt to pay him for some sessions with your dog, at least enough to get her going.