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Selecting The Right Hunting Dog

Oct 9, 2007
Hunting with hunting dogs is a tremendous experience and one that I love and recommend to all hunters. Some of the best trips I have been on have been the ones when I have included my dogs. I saw early on that if treated right, the dog will not only be a great hunting asset, but also become part of your family. Hunting with a skilled hunting dog is very beneficial to any hunting trip and offers an incredible experience like no other.

Purchasing the right hunting dog for you is an important decision and requires a lot of thought and preparation. Since compatibility is one of the most valuable aspects required when purchasing a hunting dog, you should spend a sufficient amount of time with each other before purchasing. Having a dog that you are compatible with is very important and often makes a difference in the outcome of the hunt.

Purchasing the right hunting dog is very important because you will be relying on his instinctive skills to aid you while on the hunt. A skilled hunting dog works with the hunter in the field and knows how to follow commands and understand his masters demands. There are different places to purchase purebred hunting dogs, but I personally have had the best experience and recommend purchasing through a breeder to insure you get the best dog.

You will benefit greatly by buying through a breeder. You will be given purebred documentations, allowing you to make an educated decision about the dog you are looking at buying. Going through an honest breeder is an important step in finding the best dog. Always ask questions regarding their credibility and consider the conditions of the kennel where the dog is kept. reputable breeders care about their dogs and keep their kennels neat.

Another important aspect of purchasing hunting dogs is how to train them. This is a very important area to consider and learn about before purchasing. Some hunters choose to train the dog themselves and although possible, it requires a great deal of patience and knowledge to train the dog successfully. Personally, I have always found that hiring a professional has given me the most successful results and prepared my dogs adequately for the hunt.

Many times a dog becomes not only an asset to the hunter, but also a family pet. When this happens, it is easy for a dog to become confused by the mixed communication. Going through a professional trainer can help ease the confusion and teach a dog how to work with his owner. I also have seen good results by putting a dog in obedience classes. This teaches them social skills and time to learn to get along with others.

When searching for the best hunting dog, you will come across a good selection of dogs to choose from. It is important to choose the dog based on the area of hunting you are planning to do most. Each type of dog has distinctive characteristics making them a great choice for certain types of hunting. A Retriever for example is a great dog for going after fallen ducks or geese from areas with water, whereas a scent hound is more beneficial in tracking down game by smell.

Pointers as well as Terriers have other special qualities, making them perfect for flushing out small animals. When hunting with a dog, you will soon learn that the specical instincts of each of these kinds of dogs can greatly benefit your hunting experience and give you more successful results. Finding the right gun dog will take time, but the benefits are worth it when you have a well trained hunting dog.
About the Author
Craig Chambers is an author and hunting enthusiast who enjoys sharing tips on hunting and offers more about selecting useful hunting dogs on the his website. Also get online hunting guides, a FREE hunting trip planner "Special Report" and download the author's hunting handbook, a complete hunting guide. http://www.huntingyourbest.com
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