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Getting The Best Hunting Dog

Oct 16, 2007
Hunting with a good hunting dog is a wonderful experience and definitely worth thinking about if you like hunting. Some of the greatest trips I have been on have been the ones when I have taken my dogs. I saw early on that if treated right, 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 an incredible experience like no other.

Purchasing the correct hunting dog for you is a big step and requires a lot of thought. Since getting along well with your dog is one of the biggest aspects to look for when deciding on a hunting dog, it is important to spend a sufficient amount of time with each other before making a decision. Purchasing a dog that you can easily work with is a great benefit and often is vital to the success of your hunt.

Purchasing the correct hunting dog is necessary because you will be using his instinctive skills to help you while on the hunt. A knowledgeable hunting dog is used as a hunter's tool on the hunt and knows how to follow instructions and understand his masters needs. There are various places to buy good hunting dogs, but I personally have had better results when purchasing through a breeder to insure you get a quality dog.

You will benefit greatly by going through a breeder. Breeders will be able to provide purebred documentations, allowing you to make a well guided decision about the dog you are considering. Choosing a reputable breeder is an important aspect in finding the best dog. Always ask questions in regards to their experience and consider the cleanliness of the kennel where the dog is kept. reputable breeders take care of their dogs and keep their kennels neat.

Another important part of choosing hunting dogs is how they will be trained. This is a very important part to become knowledgeable about before purchasing. Some hunters like the idea of trying to train the dog themselves and although many have done so, it demands a patient person in order to train the dog in the correct way. Personally, I have always found that hiring a professional trainer has given me the greatest 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 the lines of communication to become crossed, confusing the dog. Going through a professional trainer can help ease this transition and help the dog know how to work with his owner. I also recommend putting a dog in obedience classes. This teaches them social skills and time to learn to get along with others.

When looking for the best hunting dog, you will come across a wide variety of dogs to choose from. You should choose the dog based on the area of hunting you are planning to do most. Every type of dog comes with certain characteristics that make them a great choice for specific areas of hunting. A Retriever is a great dog for retrieving fallen ducks or geese from water areas, whereas a scent hound is more beneficial in tracking down game by smell.

The instinctive characteristics of Pointers and Terriers make them a perfect choice when hunting smaller animals. When hunting with a dog, you will soon learn that the instinctive qualities of each of these kinds of dogs can be beneficial to your hunting experience and give you more successful results. Finding the right dog for you 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 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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