Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Picking the Right Pup

Choosing the right hunting puppy can be a daunting task. They are all so cute and how are you supposed to know which one will become the hunting dog you desire? In my case, I had no choice because Charlie was the last puppy of the litter. Luckily he turned out to be the best dog of the bunch. In this case, 6 other people did not make the best choice. So how do you choose?

One method or test you can use to determine the true disposition of a pup is to pick him or her up and cradle them in your arms, on their back. If the puppy just lays in your arms and makes no attempt to get up-righted he may be too docile to make a good field dog. If the pup struggles and fights and yips until he can get away he will likely be too high strung to train properly. If the pup struggles for awhile and then settles down for a good belly scratching it is a good sign and shows that the pup has some drive yet is willing to be trained.

Remember, when choosing a puppy, there are several methods you can use but none of them are fool proof, except one, your heart. When you are looking at pups and one of them sticks out from the rest and it just feel right, take him or her home. Forget every test or sign you have heard about and enjoy the dog. Even if they never develop into a good hunting dog you will still have made the right choice.


Brenda said...

I always wondered if there is a known method to check this thing. thanx for a great post.

Steve Dobson said...

Yeah, they can be the best bred dog around but you have to connect with them, not their breeding.


Goon said...

What would you say if I told you when I got my puppy, Chris from Windsor kennels put all of them in the office and I picked the one that knocked over the garbage can.

My dog is a great hunter at times he can be a bit of a knuckle head. Labs are supposed to take 3 years to chill out, it took Dakota three and 1/2 almost four years.

Craig A. Manock said...

I'm not sure if labs ever grow up. Charlie is 4 1/2 years old and he still acts like a puppy.