Alex and his step-dad went shooting above the house while Eclipse and I stayed behind to gage how he would do. He didn't flinch at all when the very loud shots went off (it's a very powerful pistol, but I'm not a gun person and have no idea what it was) so later when Alex wanted to shoot the less powerful rifle we decided to take Eclipse with and see how he did.
He did great! He'd flinch a bit when the shots rang but he recovered very quickly and was never once stressed enough to try and run (he was leashed on "the farm" for the first time for safety) and was never too freaked to accept turkey bacon, so it was a success! We'll continue exposing him to quieter gunfire and maybe someday will train him to be an actual retriever. All in good time, though!
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