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I call these dogs “spooky” but I would not call it a genetic flaw. A personal example is one of my pointers. Ruby came out of a litter that we raised and I kept one of the pups. She was very bold and had an enormous amount of time spent with her and loads of experience as a pup. Around the time that she turned one, I got a call from a man that had purchased two litter mates to Ruby – Patch and Dot. He was not happy with them from a Field Trial standpoint and just wanted to let me know that he was selling them. I was so happy with Ruby that I bought her two sisters back from him.
It was pretty obvious that neither one of them had been handled much. Both were “hand shy” and very “standoffish.” I expect that they spent most of their first year in a kennel run with little or no human contact. I do not know if they had any kind of gun introduction so I started at square one with both. Both worked out fine but I had to go really slow because of their lack of “worldly experience” that I require and put in a young dog.
Had I gone about shooting over them too close or too fast or without the correct association (birds), I expect that they both could have been “gun shy.”