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postheadericon Pheasant hunting with dogs – how your hunting dog becomes your indispensable sidekick

Pheasant Hunting With Dogs – How Your Hunting Dog Becomes Your Indispensable Sidekick!

A good pheasant hunting dog can add invaluable joy to a hunter’s experience in the field. There is no greater feeling than to see a hunter and dog working together to achieve the same goal, bagging a fowl.

There are many different breeds of dog for the hunter to choose from when looking for a bird dog; Labradors, German short-hairs, retrievers, spaniels, and more. While many factors and characteristcs work together to make a good bird dog, an obedient disposition, love to hunt, and soft mouth are a few of the top ones. Many of the breeds used for pheasant can also be sued for many other types of fowl, including dove, turkey, and duck.

Choosing the right dog for your hunt is not a decision to be made lightly. A hunter should do all the research he can on the particular breed he’s considering and talk to other sportsmen familiar with that dog. It’s important that the breed have a good history of trainability; if the dog’s attention span is too short or his disposition too stubborn, he may not be the right dog for you. Another option for the hunter who is unable to narrow down his choices is to borrow a dog or two. Many guide services offer the hunter the chance to use dogs they keep at their lodge. While this may cost the hunter a bit more, it will give the hunter the chance to work with well-trained dogs to get an idea of each breed he’s considering; the hunter will surely be able to make a decision after that.

If you’re concerned about the manner in which to train your dog for the hunt, there are a lot of different options available. A professional trainer can be hired; while this can be pricey, the knowledge and experience will result in a superior-trained dog ready to jump into the field. For the hunter on a budget there are also many videos available that show you how to train your dog. Irregardless of the option chosen, every bird dog needs a few basic commands. Once the pheasant breaks away, a dog must absolutely know that he is not to follow; knowing the words “no” or “come” will be essential for a smooth hunt. Obedience will also be an important characteristic that can be taught; once your dog learns this, teach it again and again until it is second nature to both your dog and you. With these few tips and tricks the hunter will have many of the tools he needs to get to work preparing his hunting dog for the upcoming season.

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