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Using blank ammo to train your hunting dog

Dogs have long been used as hunting companions. However, before you take your dog hunting, it is essential to familiarize your dog with the sound of gunfire. Blank ammunition is a safe and effective way to make your dog comfortable around the sound of gunfire.

Dogs' ears are sensitive and much more keen than ours. Dogs can hear frequencies higher and softer than we can. It's essential to train your dog while it's a puppy to get used to the sounds and sights of guns. It can be challenging but, not impossible to train them if they become gun shy. A dog scared of loud noise can panic and run away, possibly leading to injury or getting lost. Associate noise with good things; start quietly, and then get louder as your dog becomes more comfortable with noise. Always make sure your dog is secure and cannot run away before introducing potentially startling noises.

You can safely train your hunting companion with a blank pistol and blank ammunition. At we have a .38 Special Blank-Firing Revolver that will work well for this purpose. This double-action revolver features a 3" barrel and a 5-shot swing-out cylinder. Made by Bruni of Italy, this gun will chamber any of our .380 caliber revolver cartridges. 

Our brass .380 brass blank ammunition (also commonly known as 9mm R.K.) is designed for blank-firing replica revolvers. The .380/9mm R.K. cartridge has the exact same diameter as a regular .38 special and will chamber in real-life .38 special revolvers. However, they are much shorter than a .38 Special and specifically designed for use in blank-firing guns.

We encourage anyone actively trying to train their hunting companion to talk to a professional and conduct further research on dog training for gun shyness. Here are some crucial safety tips about training your dog:

● Do not point any blank firearm at the dog even though there is no projectile. It is better to be safe than sorry. In addition, the loud noise and flash can scare the dog or injure them.

● Never take a dog to a shooting range to introduce them to the sound of gunfire.

● Never take a dog "hunting" before properly introducing gunfire.

● Get your dog used to loud noises such as the radio, clap your hands when you greet them, rattle bowls naturally when feeding them, or give them a treat. Helping them understand these noises will significantly strengthen their ability to start training.

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