Hunting Dog Skills

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Hunting Dog Skills

by Eric Hartwell

As we all know, dog breeds have different purposes, and aspiring dog owners need to know this to help him decide what kind of dog he will bring home. People living in the countryside or those who are fond of hunting would prefer hunting dogs. However, hunting dogs are still classified into four groups, depending on their own specific skill. Hence, the hunter would choose their dog breed based on their preferred kind of hunting needs. Before choosing a hunting dog, check first what you want your dog to do. This way, having the dog of your preference will not defeat the purpose.

Major Classification of Hunting Dogs

Hounds: Hounds are classified into three groups such as sight hounds, scent hounds and lurchers. Sight hounds have very keen eyesight and extremely fast runners. They have the ability to see their prey from a great distance. They follow the prey, chase it and eventually kill it. Scent hounds, as the name implies, use their sense of smell in chasing their prey. They can go a long distance to chase the prey before finding it. The last of this kind are the lurchers. They are sight hounds bred with working dogs.

Gun Dogs: Retrievers have very keen memory. They are capable of remembering the particular area where the prey fell. These dogs? expertise is mainly to retrieve birds or other prey and return them to the hunter without any damage. Retrieving a game without damage is primarily due to their ?soft mouth.? The most popular dog breed for this purpose is the Labrador retriever and the Golden retriever, and the retriever?s greatest asset is pleasing his owner.

Pointers and Setters: This kind of dogs is an expert in pointing where the prey is located. They are very useful in bird hunts. As the word implies, the pointer uses his body to point to the direction of the prey and settle down to the ground once they have located it allowing the hunter to easily locate where the game is.

Terriers: Terrier?s expertise is to hunt mammals. They are usually used to find where the target animal lives and capture or kill the animal using its force.

Curs: Curs are used in hunting larger animals.

Benefits of a Good Hunting Dog

With the various kinds of hunting dogs, it?s up to you what you choose. However, these dogs still need to be trained to enhance their innate capability to hunt. With the proper training and nurturing of the dog?s skill, you will be amazed how this dog will make a good helper in hunting. They are not just fun to work with, but they also make a very good companion. Remember, how you treat your dog is the best reinforcement for them to do their part in hunting. It?s not only what you feed your dog but most especially how you care for them. They are not only there to help you in hunting, but it must be a give-and-take relationship. This way, your hunting experience will not only be for fun but a chance of establishing a good relationship with each other.

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