Buying a puppy can be both very exciting and also a bit stressful.
The anticipation of adding a new member to your family can get people to overlook some common sense factors that can often come back to haunt new puppy buyers.
Remember that cute puppies will sell themselves so don’t let emotions get involved when buying a pup!
When it comes to purchasing a new gundog, the first thing I recommend is not to let emotions get involved. There is a lot more to buying a puppy than just calling the first ad you come across and getting your checkbook out! Consider these important elements during your quest for that quality gundog.
For starters, I recommend researching a breed that fits your needs. This should begin months prior to the actual purchasing of the dog. With technology today, it is actually very easy to do some investigating into the different breeds that hunt. Try to research the characteristics and other qualities that are important to you before making your decision. Keep in mind that your gundog is not only going to be hunting with you, it will also be a companion during the other nine months of the year.
Some Breeds Better Pets Than Others
There are some breeds that make better pets than others. If you have a family, try and find a breed that will be good with kids. Some hunting dogs tend to do better than others when it relates to love and affection.
Try to see at least the dam of the litter, which will tell you a little about the look of your pup as an adult!
For example, some of your pointing breeds will tend to be more independent and may just want to “hunt.” They often do not need a great deal of attention. However, this “hunting desire” may be an issue when it comes to the amount of exercise it requires. A high-strung dog needs to burn more energy than just a house dog.
On the other hand, if you want a combination of a hunting dog and a family pet, make sure that the breed meets those qualities. Once you find a breed that you feel meets all of your family needs, make sure you decide on a reputable breeder that has made their dogs both a quality hunting, as well as a good companion dog. Try and ask the breeder how their dogs perform both in the field and at home. If at all possible, try and see both the sire and the dam in action.
How the litter reacts with their mother will influence their behavior later in life.
Remember, this is an investment that will last 10- to 15 years depending on the breed. Letting emotions play into your decision-making process, may get you something that you may not be happy with down the road. Doing a little research well in advance will definitely help make your next gundog everything that you want.
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Jason Dommeyer has a lifetime of hunting experience and 15 years experience as a dog trainer. He has turned many pets into expert hunting dogs at Cannon River Kennels (http://www.cannonriverkennels.com/) In addition to training hundreds of hunting companions, he has trained dogs for premier pheasant hunting lodges in South Dakota along with duck hunting lodges in Mississippi and Mexico. His experience also includes both hunting and guiding for upland and waterfowl game from Canada to South America. For more information on training your dog with Cannon River Kennels, call 507-663-6143 or visit (http://www.cannonriverkennels.com/) He provides dog training tips twice a month.