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Picking The Perfect Hunting Dog

Oct 12, 2007
Hunting with hunting dogs is a valuable experience and one that I take seriously and recommend to all hunters. Some of the greatest trips I have been on have been the ones when I have included my dogs. I saw early on 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 very beneficial to any hunting trip and will give you a unique experience like no other.

Choosing the best hunting dog for you is an important decision and requires a lot of planning. Since compatibility is one of the biggest aspects to look for when choosing a hunting dog, you should spend enough time with each other before coming to a decision. Having a dog that you are compatible with is very beneficial and often is what makes a great hunt.

Finding the best hunting dog is very important because you will be using his abilities to help you while hunting. A good hunting dog aids the hunter in the field and learns to follow commands and interpret his masters signals. There are various places to purchase quality hunting dogs, but I personally have had the most success and recommend purchasing through a breeder to insure you get the right dog.

You will benefit greatly by going through a breeder. Breeders will be able to provide purebred documentations, allowing you to make an informed decision about the dog you are considering for purchase. Finding a good breeder is an important step in purchasing the right dog. Always ask questions about their credibility and look around at the conditions of the kennel where the dog is kept. The best breeders care about their dogs and keep their kennels clean.

Another important part of choosing hunting dogs is how to train them. This is a very important area to consider and learn about before making a decision. Some hunters want to train the dog themselves and although it is not impossible, it requires patience in order to train the dog correctly. Personally, I have always found that hiring a professional trainer has given me the most successful results and taught my dogs what they need to know for a successful hunt.

I have often seen that a dog becomes not only a beneficial tool to the hunter, but also a family pet. When this takes place, it is easy for a dog to become confused by the mixed communication. Choosing to go through a professional trainer can help ease the confusion and teach the dog to be the most beneficial to his owner. I also have seen good results by putting a dog in school. This gives them time to socialize and a chance to learn to take instruction from others.

When searching for the right hunting dog, you will find that there are different breeds of dogs to choose from. You should choose the dog based on the area of hunting you are planning to do most. Every kind of dog has instinctive characteristics that make them a wonderful choice for certain areas of hunting. A Retriever for example is a wonderful dog for retrieving fallen ducks or geese if you will be hunting in water areas, whereas a scent hound is better in tracking down game by smell.

Other hunting dogs such as Pointers and Terriers have special qualities that make them great at flushing out small animals from burrows and hidden places. When hunting with a dog, you will find that the instinctive qualities of each of these types of dogs can be beneficial to the outcome of your hunt and give you more successful results. Choosing the right dog can be difficult, but the benefits of investing the time to look will be worth it when you finally find the right companion hunting dog.
About the Author
Craig Chambers is a hunting enthusiast who enjoys sharing purchasing tips on hunting dogs and offers extensive free hunting guides, and a hunting handbook on his website www.huntingyourbest.com You may freely reprint this article leaving the active links in place for the author.
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