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01-24-2003, 07:51 PM
Just wonderin. how many of you all use dogs hunting? Do you like them being there. What age did you start them off in. Did you start them right into it of train for about a year?

Thanks Justin Hightower:SE:

01-25-2003, 05:30 AM
Almost always use the dog. On some of the really cold and nasty
mornings when I'm shuffling around trying to think of a good
reason to go back to bed, he's the thing that finally kicks me out
of the door. He knows all the signs of getting ready to hunt and
he starts getting more excited by the second...I couldn't
disappoint him after getting him all hot and bothered like that!
Besides he wouldn't let me sleep, anyway...he'd stand there
by the bed, just out of reach of course, and whimper until I got

:Art: those dawgs!!

Started training at 7 weeks, hunted him at 10 months on
doves; for waterfowl, we had unusually early cold weather
and everything froze up solid for a month. It was
just too cold to hunt him in water much. Did get to shoot a
few ducks over him before it turned bitter, but most of that first
year we worked on upland birds. Their first year coat
just isn't quite as good as from the second year on,
and that being his introductory year, I didn't want to
show him anything negative about hunting at all.
With the drive he ,and most labs for that matter, have I
don't think it would've mattered in the long run, though.

01-26-2003, 11:46 AM
Would not hunt with out one, only hunt what I can use my dog on. Seems extreme but there is nothing like seeing an animal I have trained doing what he was bred to do. Plus I love training them:TT:

01-26-2003, 11:49 AM
Heres a pic of my chessie and my son after a good dove shoot this year.

01-26-2003, 01:49 PM
I have a 15 month old Chessie, and started training him as soon as he came home from the breeder. Ran him in CKC hunt tests and got his Junior Hunter Tittle when he was 8 months old. He has a great temperment and has tonnes of drive. This past year he made over 300 retreives,being a guide here in Canada he had the chance to see alot of birds and work. He loved every minute of it and couldn't get enough. Start them early give lots of encouragment.

01-27-2003, 12:20 PM
I love to watch good dogs work even if it is not mine....I have trained 4 of my own and willn't hunt with them when you watch them as you get ready the joy they show. Good luck Jeff

01-27-2003, 01:10 PM
Always use a dog when able, love a dog for the water hunts, cuts down on lost birds. I have only hunted DD, but have hunted over labs, chessie's, GWP, GSP, Puddlepointers, etc.

I love having a dog in the blind if there trained well and sit still. I start my DD's a one year in the blind, but train right from 3 months.