The Process of Training an Upland Bird Dog
There is a process that should be followed when a person is going to pick a puppy that will be trained as an upland bird dog. The first step is to perform some research on picking out the right breed of puppy that will not only fit into the family but also for the fowl that will be hunted. The owner needs to become knowledgeable on the proper care that is needed for the puppy to grow into a healthy dog. There are basic training steps needed for a puppy to become a great bird dog that start when the puppy comes home. To be a responsible owner of a trained and skilled upland bird dog it takes time and patients, but the reward of a well-trained dog and the love of a companion is priceless.
The first step is to perform some research on picking out the right breed of puppy that will not only fit into the family but also for the fowl that will be hunted. Check out different breeders and finding one that fits the needs for the puppy you pick. This will be ideal in the history of the bloodline of the parents to the puppies and the abilities of your puppy and their future training. There are many breed options when it comes to picking the right puppy. To narrow the selection down, think if a retriever or a pointer will fit into your hunting and family needs. When selecting a puppy the families lifestyle needs to fit with the breed, as it can be a ten plus year commitment (Hall, 2013).
Retrievers are eager to please their owner, love the water, and are known as the “flusher” of bird dogs. Retrievers are great family pets and are very faithful to their family as a whole, but the main master or alpha is the hunter that the dogs live to please. Pointers are also eager to please, but they are tremendously energetic and need more time running to expel all the built up energy. Pointers are known in the bird dog circle as the “pointer”, as they find the bird and they point it out to the hunter, which is a bit magical with the angelic stance. At that point it is the job of the hunter to flush the bird out of the tall grass or cornfield they are hiding in. There are also the well-rounded breeds that utilize both the land and water skills. These breeds need to have additional training for both land and water retrieving, as on land they find the bird, but in water the hunter finds the bird and the dog is needed for the retrieval of the bird from the water.
The owner needs to become knowledgeable on the proper care that is needed for the puppy to grow into a healthy dog. Having a working bird dog is not just a pet. There are needs of these highly trained athletes, they need not only love, they also need the proper medical care and nutrition to continue to perform at their very best for many years. Proper veterinary care for these highly trained athletes is a high priority for the owners, as they should have a veterinarian experienced in the dog’s specific area so that they understand their training and...