Expanded Terrain

Know what dogs can do that you can’t? They can go across nearly every terrain imagineable.

Have a patch of shrubs that are too thick for you to go through?

Your dog can do it no problem.

Have a steep ridge that doesn’t look like it can support your weight?

Your dog can do it no problem.

Have a muddy area that would take you way too long to get across?

Your dog can do it no problem.

In fact, in all of the above situations, it is often much safer for your dog to do all of the above.

So when you shoot a pheasant or a duck from afar and want to retrieve it, all you have to do is send your dog to get your prize. If you don’t have a hunting dog with you, then you’re either going to have to try and retrieve it yourself, or you’re going to have to give up your prize.

That’s the last thing we want to do – give up our prize. This would mean that you killed an animal for absolutely no reason.

As responsible hunters, we only hunt animals that we intend to eat. Otherwise that is just senseless killing.

Dogs and Humans Bond with Nature

Both dogs and humans bond when they’re exposed to the elements of nature. It’s something about the fresh air that makes the two species collide and almost become one. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration – but you get the point.

Being outside and hunting for a common goal is one way that the two species bond together. It’s much like if you and your best friend go on a camping trip together, or if you and your office-mate go out for drinks after work.

There’s a sense of camaraderie that occurs when two beings are united towards a common goal.

In addition, both you and your dog are going to be getting a great amount of exercise together. Exercising together has been known to be one of the greatest means of facilitating camaraderie.

In fact, you’ll also be promoting each others own personal well being, as going for exercise is much better for your dog than having it lie on its dog bed or being stuck in its dog playpen. However, this isn’t meant to understate the importance of a dog playpen. In fact, we encourage all of our members to have a dog playpen at home. Why? Because it teaches a dog how to stay within one place for an extended period of time. This is extremely beneficial when you’re out hunting with your dog in the wild.

We really love to recommend that our members play with their dog in the dog playpen. But playtime in the dog pen should be more sit/stay than anything else. Remember, we want the dog to learn how to be comfortable with the hunt when in their dog playpen. Dog playpens serve many other purposes too! In fact, we have several puppy pens at the lodge for when we have parties! Sometimes the dogs get way too riled up and we need to put them in a dog playpen to prevent injuries.

Dogs are also known to bond with humans when they’re playing amongst other woodland creatures. This may sound dumb and irrational, but it’s true in the sense that there are many other creatures besides dogs that bond with humans.

Rabbits, for example, also bond with humans. When dogs and humans are out in the woods, the dogs see rabbits not only as food, but also as competition. The dogs do not want the rabbits to be stealing their human’s attention from them.

 

Best Hunting Breeds

Now while we touched on why dogs are so good at hunting with humans, there is a lesson to be learned in that not all dog breeds are good at hunting.

First and foremost, you need to know about the bloodline of the dog. If the dog you’re adopting or wanting to go hunting with comes from a bloodline of domesticated dogs, then odds are that dog isn’t going to be very good at hunting. They don’t have the killer instinct that you want your hunting dog to have. In addition, their sense of hunting isn’t as well developed as their opposite bloodlines.

You’re also going to want to have a dog breed that can easily navigate through all kinds of terrain. A little chihuahua isn’t going to be nearly as nimble in the woods as a german shepherd. This is why you must choose a breed that has a bigger frame, long legs, is a quick sprinter, has a keen sense of smell, great vision, and great hearing.

Those may seem like a long list of criteria – but we assure you, it’s not all that bad.

Some of the most common types of domesticated dog breeds make the best hunting breeds, such as labrador retrievers and beagles. All labrador retriever and beagle owners know how smart their dogs are and how much energy they have. They make for naturally awesome hunters!

Other great hunting breeds are bloodhounds and pointers. This is because they both have great senses of smells. Just remember, bloodhounds are often used by police departments when they’re searching for a missing person. We’ve all seen the police movies where bloodhounds are the primary means of searching for someone – like in the movie the Fugitive 🙂

You can refer to this guide for more options on hunting breeds.

Why are dogs good at hunting?

When we hunt with our dogs, we are taking part in a companionship that has gone on for thousands upon thousands of years.

Since the very beginning of mankind, dogs and humans have been one with each other. While the relationship wasn’t nearly as dependent as it is today, there has always been a strong bond between the two species.

Back in the days of the cavemen, dogs and humans would both scavenge for food. They would rely on one another to catch their prey and then share in the bounty.

The human would use their tools and vision in order to scout out the prey, while the dog would use its nimbleness to chase the prey down.

This same type of relationship between dog and human has persisted through many centuries – including the evolution of various types of weapons.

Whether it be a bow and crossbow, a simple rabbit trap, guns, or even war-machines, dogs have always been right by humans’ sides while humans hunted for their prey.

Part of the relationship depends upon the dog’s skilled ability to read a human’s body language and respond to little cues that humans wouldn’t normally pick up on.

Think about when you’re sick at home. Your dog instinctively knows that you’re not feeling well and will go up to you and cuddle with you.

Animals just know!

This is why they’re so good at being hunting companions. They know the moves that you want them to make without needing to verbally communicate the commands.

This is why humans and dogs are such good hunting partners.