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Choose The Right Hunting Dog

Sep 4, 2007
Hunting dogs make a wonderful asset to any hunting trip. Some of the best trips I have been on have been the ones when I have taken along my dogs. I realized in the beginning that if treated well, the dog will be a great benefit to you and become part of your family. Hunting with a well trained hunting dog is a great asset to any hunting trip and insures an incredible experience like no other.

Purchasing the right hunting dog for you is a big step and requires a lot of planning. Since compatibility is one of the most important aspects recommended when choosing a hunting dog, it is important to take as much time as possible with each other before deciding. Owning a dog that you get along with is a great asset and often will make your hunt a success.

Purchasing the right hunting dog is vital because you will be relying on his instincts and abilities to help you while hunting. A skilled hunting dog works as a hunter's tool while hunting and knows how to follow instructions and understand his masters needs. There are different places to find good hunting dogs, but I personally have had the best experience and recommend using a breeder to insure you get a quality dog.

There are a lot of benefits of purchasing through a breeder. You will be given purebred documentations, allowing you to make an informed decision about the dog you are thinking of choosing. Choosing a reputable breeder is an important step in purchasing the right dog. Always ask questions regarding their experience and look around at the cleanliness of the kennel where the dog is kept. reputable breeders take care of their dogs and keep their kennels neat.

Another vital part of choosing hunting dogs is their training. This is a very important area to become knowledgeable about before choosing a dog. Some hunters try to train the dog themselves and although it is possible, it demands the correct knowledge in order to train the dog correctly. Personally, I have always thought that hiring a trainer has given me the best results and taught my dogs what they need to know for the hunt.

It often happens that a dog becomes not only a beneficial tool to the hunter, but also a family pet. When this occurs, it is easy for a dog to become confused by the mixed communication. Choosing to go through a professional trainer can make things easier and insure that the dog is properly trained and ready to work with his owner. I also recommend putting a dog in school. This gives them social skills and a chance to learn to work with others.

When looking for the right hunting dog, you will notice that there are different breeds of dogs to choose from. You should choose the dog based on the type of hunting you do most. Every type of dog has certain characteristics making them a wonderful choice for certain areas of hunting. Retrievers are a wonderful dog for bringing back fallen ducks or geese from water areas, whereas you will find a scent hound is more beneficial in tracking down game by smell.

Pointers and also Terriers have other unique qualities, making them suited for flushing out small animals. After hunting with a dog for awhile, you will soon learn that the characteristics of each of these breeds of dogs can really help your hunting experience and give you more successful results. Finding the right bird dog will take time, but the benefits are worth it when you have a perfectly trained hunting dog.
About the Author
Craig Chambers is a hunting enthusiast and writer. Learn more about finding excellent hunting dogs and pick up hunting guides, a free hunting trip planner and download the author's hunting handbook. http://www.huntingyourbest.com
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