Before choosing and buying a hunting breed puppy, it is necessary to clearly define the purposes for which you need a dog, what working qualities it should possess, in what conditions it will live and how to keep it.
Today there are several types of hunting dogs:
- Copping ,
All these wonderful dogs work individually. Each has its own strengths, the manner of hunting, the target for hunting. It should be remembered that if you decide to have a hunting dog and put it on a sofa for beauty or turn it exclusively into a family companion , it will be a big mistake.
Firstly , because such breeds must be seriously dealt with. From an early age the puppy should be taught to go on hunting, to shooting, to the shock. Otherwise, even a rich pedigree and titled ancestors can not make a dog a decent hunter.
Secondly , you can not lock a hunting dog because instinct will sooner or later take its own, and the dog simply refuses to stay at home. At best, the dog will start to howl, bark and tirelessly ask to go outside, and at worst arrange a pogrom in the house. So you need to first think about everything, understand if you want to give your training so much time, and only then get a puppy.
At the age of 5 months it is already possible to accustom the puppy to search. Once again, I recall that each breed has the ability and talents to be individual. The puppy must unquestioningly carry out the commands at the age of 6 months, this will help him not accidentally get hit by a hunter in the field.
Paddock and content
As practice shows, any dog can be kept in apartment conditions, but every hunting should be provided with a decent daily walk. Any hunting dog likes to run. Therefore, a walk of ten minutes you can not do without: you have to spend on the street at least 3 hours a day and, preferably, not on a modest in size paddock, but in the field or in the woods.
Of course, the best place for a hunting breed dog will be a country house, in the courtyard of which the dog will be able to walk freely and even frolic, if the owner suddenly found business.
To the hunting dog was always in shape and she did not have health problems, her diet should contain meat, cereals, vitamins. The menu is important to correctly balance. In this you will help the breeder and veterinarian.
Do not overfeed the dog. Hunting dogs, as practice shows, appetite is excellent, and no matter how much you put in a bowl, they will eat and ask for more. Obesity in a dog will necessarily affect the work of the heart, muscles and health in general.
The heavier dog, of course, will not be as hardy as you expect. Therefore, the best option for a hunting pet will be the correct two meals.
In general, the health of hunting dogs is excellent. Looking at my cop, sometimes I can not admire how she is slim, fry - and not a gram of excess weight. And all thanks to long walks, sports, exhibitions. In addition, to maintain a mobile dog such health, you need proper nutrition, proper walking and, of course, travel to the hunt for fresh air.
I want to draw the attention of potential owners of a hunting dog to serious danger. Often, coming from a hunt, notice on the pet immediately a dozen mites. After all, these parasites are found in fields, in meadows, and in forests.
Therefore, remember that after returning from a walk or hunting it is important to immediately inspect the pet, and noticing the tick , immediately remove them. To avoid this, it is better to treat the dog frontline from ticks before going on a hunt .
Perhaps, on this topic you can talk for a long time. First and foremost, it is important to note that it is important for the producer dog to have working diplomas. And the more, the better. The dog must show his working qualities at exhibitions and in business so that the breeder is confident that his puppies will be able to inherit hunting qualities and instincts.
Hunting dog for life
Despite the specific passion for hunting, the dogs of these breeds are universal. They are extraordinary, each of them is individual and unique. So if you dream of a dog that is following you into the fire and into the water, then forward - after the other!