Edit: First time poster here. I appreciate any advice you can give.
I have a 5yr old german short-hair and doberman mix named Quinlan. I raised him from 10 weeks. He has the markings of a doberman with the proportions of a large pointer for those that are wondering. Anyway, I want to take him out hunting this fall but he's never been out shooting and I've seen him get skittish from the sound of fireworks. How can I get him comfortable with the noise? I've been thinking about taking him out and letting him hang around while we shoot clays this summer. Are there any tricks or is it just a matter of time?
He's well trained to range and heel and I know he'll flush birds when he finds them, though retrieving might take some work. I'm just worried about his confidence around firearms.