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Tips For Buying A Used Hunting Dog

by Charlotte Bragg

          Hello everyone! Here are a few good tips for buying a “used” hunting dog. These few things are very important; otherwise, you could be stuck with a family pet only (useless for hunting) rather than a good ole hunting dog.

  • Look for a dog that is still somewhat young and that is able to adjust to your commands and your voice. An older dog may be become lax in some qualities that you should expect and may also be grounded in bad habits.

  • A dog that has been abused is usually shy and out of the picture. I have received a few dogs with these symptoms and it is really hard to get them to come around. I used a lot of coaxing, kindness and lots of love.

  • A dog that is gun shy is also kind of useless for hunting unless you plan on spending a large amount of time working with him/her to correct the fault. Look for a dog that can handle running with other dogs as well as being shot over. Ask whoever has the dog to demonstrate the dog’s ability to cope with noise while running.

  • A dog that is grounded in bad habits such as poor handling, gun shyness, and the inability to run a decent rabbit, should be avoided. Patience is the key when searching for a good hunting dog.

  • Line control, the ability to grab a quick check, great handling skills, excellent kennels manners (no barking, chewing, etc.), the ability to run rabbits and only rabbits, no trash, no gun-shyness, good conformation, such as, no over or under bites, good coat, feet, etc. are the desirable qualities your after. If you are not sure what to look for, as far as health concerns and proper conformation, take him/her to your veterinarian and get a good bill of health. You should also check out the parents (if possible) or at least look into the breeding of the dog. Another good quality is the desire to pack up with other dogs, and to hark to other dogs. All of these qualities and more should be found in your ideal Beagle!

          Look for these qualities in your next dog and you may be on your way to having a champion in your kennel. See y’all later  and hope you enjoy. In the mean time, Happy Beagling and Keep ’em Hopping.

Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).