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Buying A Bird Dog – 3 Steps To Find The Best Bird Dog For The Job

There is a list of traits that every great bird dog should posses. It can be hard to go to a breeder and know which dog is the right dog right away. There may be a few dogs you’re drawn to and then you’re just not sure which to choose. There are some things that you can look for to help make the decision easier. The dog you choose should exhibit all of the traits on the list.

• History. Ask questions about where your dog came from. It’s certainly best if your dog has come from proven hunting parents. If the breeder still has the parents to your dog, take a look at them; check their temperament and obedience.

• Test the Breeder. The breeder you’ve chosen is also being judged; look around, be sure that everything looks clean and put together where your dog was raised. If it doesn’t look up to par, your dog could have been exposed to something as a pup that has yet to manifest itself. Also ask to see all the immunization records of the dogs you’re looking at. Every good breeder will have extensive records on each dog they own, so asking to see records won’t put them out.

• Test the Dogs. This will be your next step to narrowing down the choices for your perfect bird dog. Even if it’s only a pup, you’ll be able to get an idea of the type of personality the dog has. Make sure it listens, a good hunting dog is alert and aware of it’s surroundings. Try to get the dog to do some tricks, this will be harder with a puppy, but just getting it to fetch will be a great sign for a great hunting dog to come. Also be sure to test the dog’s tolerance. If there are children in the house, having a dog you can absolutely trust is essential. A dog with a bad tempearment shouldn’t even be considered. Your dog should be friendly and obedient, getting down on your hands and knees to the dog’s level will help to give you a better idea of the dog and his personality. And the last, and often best test for the dog, is whichever one you have a natural affinity to. You can’t necessarily explain it, but you’re just drawn to that dog. As long as he exhibits all the other good traits, that’s the right dog to bring home.

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