Hunting dogs offer a one of a kind hunting experience for those looking for something different. Out of all of the thrilling hunting trips I have taken throughout the years, the times I have taken along my hunting dogs have been the most exciting and the most successful. I learned in the beginning that if treated well, the dog will become loyal to you and become part of your family. Hunting with a well trained hunting dog is a great benefit to any hunting trip and will give you an exciting experience like no other.
Choosing the right hunting dog for you is very important and requires a lot of preparation. Since getting along well with your dog is one of the most important aspects to look for when deciding on a hunting dog, it is important to spend enough time with each other before deciding to make a purchase. Deciding on a dog that you get along with is a great asset and often is what makes a great hunt.
Finding the right hunting dog is vital because you will be depending on his abilities to aid you while hunting. A skilled hunting dog works as a hunter’s tool while hunting and knows how to obey commands and interpret his masters wishes. There are various places to purchase purebred hunting dogs, but I personally have had a better outcome when going through a breeder to insure you get a quality 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 thinking about buying. Finding a reputable breeder is important in deciding on the best dog. Always ask questions about their experience and look at the cleanliness of the kennel where the dog is kept. The best breeders are careful with their dogs and keep their kennels clean.
Another important part of owning hunting dogs is their training. This is a very important area to think about before purchasing. Some hunters try to train the dog themselves and although it is possible, it requires patience in order to train the dog correctly. Personally, I have always found that hiring a trainer has given me the most successful results and prepared my dogs adequately for a successful hunt.
Often times, a dog becomes not only an asset to the hunter, but also part of the family. When this happens, it is easy for the lines of communication to become crossed, confusing the dog. Going through a professional trainer can make things easier and help the dog know how to follow his owners commands. I also recommend putting a dog in obedience classes. This gives them time to socialize and time to learn to work with others.
When looking for the best hunting dog, you will notice that there are different types of dogs to choose from. It is important to choose the dog based on the area of hunting you do most. Every kind of dog comes with distinctive characteristics making them a great choice for specific areas of hunting. Retrievers are 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.
Other hunting dogs such as Pointers and Terriers have different qualities that make them perfect for flushing out small animals from burrows and hidden places. After hunting with a dog for awhile, you will find that the specical instincts of each of these breeds of dogs will be beneficial to the outcome of your hunt 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.