Originally Posted by nem
I would be very garteful if you share the commands hunting dogs must know (those special ones). In the net I failed to find much information, perhaps there are some resources though, in any case, I found only 3 obligatory ones - here, sit-whistle, hup.
If you are training the dog yourself you can make the commands whatever you want- have your own personal language with your dog if it pleases you... might actually come in handy.
You're right, the dog must be able to sit (also means stay) and come to call. That's your foundation for everything. I'm not terribly familiar with "hup", I'm assuming that's a call for attention? Or a "marking" command?
The most important thing for me (that seems to be overlooked sometimes) is your "hunt" command. For example, you have a downed bird and a general mark but no precise location. You need to be able to take the dog downwind of the area and issue a "hunt" command, which is basically turning the dog loose from your direction and control and giving him the greenlight to find a downed target solely with his nose. That way you aren't tearing the foundation apart by trying to handle the dog onto a downed bird when you don't know where it is. There's no trust fostered doing that. I start training that by hiding some easily found bumpers in short cover with the dog kennelled or otherwise unable to see where I'm hiding them. Take him downwind and give him your command of choice (I use "hunt it up", have heard "hunt dead" or "dead bird"). If you're lucky, the dog gets it immediately. If you aren't lucky you need to move to a more fragrant target, like a dead pigeon. The training is actually very easy, it just takes a lot of repetition and positive reinforcement when he does it right. He has to believe you when you tell him there is a dead bird out there.