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Old 12-12-2022, 10:41 AM
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Hi everyone, I know what youíre thinking, I did turn away from the idea of having a hunting dog, because it would be a lot of work. However, and interesting opportunity happened. I donít wanna pass it up now. A few days ago, my father was driving visiting customers for work. He came across a stray German shorthaired pointer. He had a collar, but no identification on it. The dog obviously had not eaten for a few days. Very skinny. After 15 minutes, he was able to gain the dogs trust, and take it to a no kill shelter.
The shelter said that he is not neutered, and he is about seven months old.
Nobody claimed the dog, so the shelter people asked if we could do a foster program to see if we could adopt it. We are doing that right now. The dogs at my house. Not officially adopted, but weíre seeing if heís a good fit for the family.

I guess you could say heís on probation. Anyway, his breed is a type of hunting dog. If we do end up adopting him, I might try to train him to be a hunting companion.

I have only one question about doing this. The rest of my questions were answered by a friend who offered to help me train the dog for hunting. Do you think it would be a good idea training this dog to be a hunting dog?

Iím just doing my research, trying to figure out whatís best in case we adopt him.

if you need a picture of him, I will post it. Jared.
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Old 12-12-2022, 02:23 PM
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Congrats!! It's a great breed with a lot of drive. You can buy books on training a dog. There are online articles as well. You might also check with a local trainer to see what they would charge to train your dog. You have a lot of options. Enjoy the training.
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Old 12-12-2022, 02:43 PM
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Congrats!! It's a great breed with a lot of drive. You can buy books on training a dog. There are online articles as well. You might also check with a local trainer to see what they would charge to train your dog. You have a lot of options. Enjoy the training.
Thank you. I will enjoy it. Heís still in foster care, Iím not certain if we are adopting him or not yet. Will know in about a week. Several friends of mine say that he is not a purebred German shorthaired pointer. It looks like he has some pitbull in him. Weíre not sure. Everything about him matches a German shorthaired pointer except for the ears.

Iím having problems uploading a picture from my phone, so I will post a picture from my laptop when I get home.
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Old 12-12-2022, 06:24 PM
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Ok, my laptop AND my phone wonít let me upload a photo. I donít know why.

Here is a link to another forum I am a member of, I posted the pictures of the dog there asking for advice.

I hope thatís okay.

Dog photos
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Old 12-12-2022, 09:53 PM
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The photos are fine. Regardless of whether he is purebred (probably not) or a mix/mutt, it will be fun to see if he has a nose for birds and the drive to hunt. If he does, you will have a hunting companion. If he doesn't you will at leas have a companion who is happy to see you when you get home everyday.
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Old 12-13-2022, 03:17 AM
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Originally Posted by CalHunter View Post
The photos are fine. Regardless of whether he is purebred (probably not) or a mix/mutt, it will be fun to see if he has a nose for birds and the drive to hunt. If he does, you will have a hunting companion. If he doesn't you will at leas have a companion who is happy to see you when you get home everyday.
Be careful. if he does have some pitbull in him he may not like other dogs and be a problem the field. get him around other dogs in a controlled situation, perhaps with a toy and see how he reacts. Also, get relatively fresh pheasant or grouse or chukar wing , tie aa string on it, whirl it around over your head and land it about 5 feet from your dog and see if he points it.
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Old 12-13-2022, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Oldtimr View Post
Be careful. if he does have some pitbull in him he may not like other dogs and be a problem the field. get him around other dogs in a controlled situation, perhaps with a toy and see how he reacts. Also, get relatively fresh pheasant or grouse or chukar wing , tie aa string on it, whirl it around over your head and land it about 5 feet from your dog and see if he points it.
I have another dog who is not a hunting dog. His name is Buster, and he is about 12. They havenít fought since they got together. There has been a growl from Buster once in a while, but nothing from the newcomers side.

We donít really have that many grouse here. At least in my experience. We do have partridge and chukar. Iíll take your advice and see what he does.

I have to get one first.
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Ok, my laptop AND my phone won’t let me upload a photo. I don’t know why.

Here is a link to another forum I am a member of, I posted the pictures of the dog there asking for advice.
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Old 02-26-2023, 10:08 PM
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Training a dog for hunting can be a rewarding experience for both the dog and the owner. Here are some important steps to follow when training a dog for hunting:
  1. Socialize your dog: It's important to socialize your dog from a young age so that they are comfortable around people and other animals. This will help them stay calm and focused during hunting trips.
  2. Basic obedience training: Before starting hunting training, it's important to ensure that your dog has mastered basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, come, and heel.
  3. Introduce your dog to hunting equipment: Introduce your dog to hunting equipment such as guns, decoys, and blinds.
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