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Pheasant Hunting With Dogs – Making Best Use Of Hunting Dogs!

Owning a hunting dog isn’t something to be taken lightly. These dogs require a lot of responsibility if they are to be kept in top shape. When choosing a hunting dog, be sure that all of it’s vaccines are up to date, and that the dog has either experience itself with hunting, or it’s parents are proven hunters. The last thing, and maybe the most important when choosing a hunting dog, is to look for a good companion. A hunting dog should be loyal and friendly, and should like to please it’s master. Many hunters consider the addition of a hunting dog a priceless component to their hunt.

The one thing that sets a hunting dog apart from a family pet is it’s need to hunt. The dog, more often that not, has been bred for generations to be number one at it’s game, so getting a hunting dog and using only a part of the year during hunting season is a big mistake. Not only will the dog cause a lot of problems for the hunter with it’s unbridled energy, but it will be very unhappy. To keep your dog exercised in the off season, it’s best to try to mimic the conditions it will find out in the field. If hunting waterfowl, exercise your dog in wet areas or take him swimming. This will not only keep the dog accustomed to hunting conditions, but it will allow his muscles to acclimate to the type of exercise required come hunting season. Jogging and running are also great ways to keep your dog in top physical shape.

Another essential responsibility with a hunting dog is keeping it’s vaccines up to date. Often during hunting season dogs will encounter other dogs, along with many viruses and bacteria it could encounter in the wild. Having your dog vaccinated will protect it from many things it could come into contact with; specific things to vaccinate for are giardia and parvovirus. Booster shots will also be necessary for the immune system. Another thing a hunter can do to keep his hunting dog in good shape is a healthy diet; high protein diets are a great energy source.

The whole purpose of the pheasant hunting dog is to retrieve lost and wounded birds in the wild. The dog will save the hunter much time, and much energy. He will use his highly sensitive nose to track the kill, and many hunters find the use of a hunting dog invaluable. Keeping your best hunting companion in superior health will ensure a bond for many hunting seasons to come.

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