Many hunters want a shed dog, but the big question is how do you train one? Got this press release and thought it was interesting:
The Dog Bone System includes a shed antler retrieving dummy that's made from the same soft, familiar material as other retrieving dummies…(kit includes) antler scent, which you apply to the dummy once the dog is conditioned to the antler shape…using a real shed antler for training can backfire. A hard, heavy and pointy shed can cause a bad experience and result in a shed-shy dog.
Dog Bone was designed by dog trainer/shed antler hunter, Jeremy Moore, who also developed a three step training process for teaching dogs to find sheds. Once you condition for antler shape and introduce scent, the third step is to apply the antler scent, which is made from actual pulverized antler, to a real shed antler.
Moore's three-step process is far less likely to result in a shed-shy dog and far more likely to result in a shed-finding machine.
Dog Bone kit (dummy, scent and manual) runs $34.99 at mooreoutdoors.net. And if you're interested in getting a shed-hunting pup, Jeremy can also hook you up with some kennels/breeders.