By Lynn Fieldman, IBEW Local 176
Just like a good recipe, a good hunting dog begins with the ingredients (bloodlines) followed by a good trainer.
If you’re looking for a good hunting dog, check with someone you can trust regarding the bloodlines of the mother and father, whether you’re seeking a puppy or a finished hunting dog. You need to be familiar with the breeder or trainer’s ethics and how they handle the dog. That is especially important with a puppy because that’s the first imprint on the pup.
When you first receive a pup that you plan to self-train, it is critical to spend time with it. The time you devote to the pup will definitely impact how well your puppy learns. If you are going to have a trainer finish the dog after you’ve spent about 8 to 12 months with it, make sure you know the past performance of the trainer and develop a good relationship with him or her.
If you’re in the market for a hunting dog, check out http://www.fieldmanfarm.breederoo.com/ where you can click on the dogs and puppies and see their bloodlines, most of which have held a championship title in the past.