I didnt want to hijack another thread that was going on but I was curious to this topic as it frequents somewhat regularly. I have an honest question. Is this a breed thing or what? I have only ever had setters and there is not one that I havent shot over at ten weeks old and have had quite a few and never ran into a problem. I always just put a couple birds out and let them point and chase around ten - eleven weeks old and shoot when they chase, and it seems like there is frequntly a post talking about 6 month to a year and a half old dogs being gun shy. Is this more of a problem with some of the other breeds? I have only ever used a blank gun in training and taken pups straight to the field hunting with a shotgun without so much as even a hesitation when the gun goes off, most of the time if there are more than one out they come running because they know a bird is probably dead. Just curious for some input, like I said its an honest question. Do any of you who have this problem think it is less prey drive in certain breeds, or is it just inaccurate timing by the trainer?