Are you an avid hunter? If yes, then why don’t you adopt a dog who will be your best companion when you go out for hunting? We don’t advocate forcing you or someone to become a dog trainer overnight, but hunting dogs are kind of built for this purpose and can give hunters a real advantage.
If you have been thinking that dogs are just meant for guarding a house against intruders or just a cuddling partner, then you are seriously mistaken. Some of the dogs even have been bred to hunt for hundreds of years – and will make the best companion when you are going for hunting. But before you are planning to take ANY dog for hunting, make sure you train him really well and ideally that they are a hunting dog in the first place, built for a specific animal hunt!
If you are enthusiastic about hunting, then there are many things that you can do. Either you need to hire a professional trainer who would train your cute little puppy, or else, you will have to train your pup yourself. Have no idea about training your hunting dog? Don’t worry here are some tips that will help you to prepare your dog for hunting. And at least educated you a little as to what it might take.
Manage the dog’s weight: If you think that feeding your dog more and more food will make him much healthier and fitter for hunting, then this is a big misconception. Feeding too much food will make your dog obese and he/she will not be able to hunt properly. So, make sure you adjust your dog’s diet thoroughly months before you take it out for hunting. And ignore commercial dog food if you want your dog to be at its best. A real diet includes a lot of meat and offal and bones in the right proportion. Hunting is natural to dog hunters, so their diet should be too (reduce carbs)!
Make sure your dog does regularly exercise: If you have been thinking that only humans need to exercise in order to stay healthy, then you are wrong. Dogs especially need to exercise in order to stay really healthy. Therefore, if you want your doggy to be an excellent hunter (and to be alert and listen to you), make him do various exercises on a regular basis so that he/she remains in great shape and can deal with any sort of unfavorable issues during the hunting session. Exercise should be daily off lead dog park visits as well as training exercises for your specific hunting needs.
Take your dog to a vet prior taking him/her for hunting: There are many people who think that their hunting dogs are born hunters and will never let them down when it comes to hunting. But, this is absolutely wrong. Your dog might fall under the hunter category, but he/she might not be fit for hunting. Therefore, you must first visit a veterinary doctor and then plan about hunting. The vet doctor may also give your dog a vaccination that will prevent him/her from certain diseases such as Lyme.
Also remember that even hunting dogs need to have the right temperament. enthusiastic and wanting to get to prey, not too timid, and ones that will listen to recall and all the other commands you will teach it.
Take care of your dog’s fleas/ticks: Since you are taking your dog for hunting, I am sure you will be taking your doggy to a forest or some area where there’s loads of plants, trees and shrubs. And where there are plants and trees, there has to be fleas and ticks. So, make sure you take your pet to the vet and he prescribes oral or physical medicines so that ticks and fleas don’t feed your dog. And also ask the doctor to check your vet and ask them to see whether there are any /fleas left or not.
Did you know that may tick and flea medications are preventers or only ward off adults but some don’t affect the eggs or vice versa. Sometimes flea bathes need to be used in conjunction with monthly tablet treatments.
These were some of the tips that will help you prepare your pooch for hunting. So, follow these tips and accordingly prepare you hunting or water dog.