If you love to hunt, your pup could quickly become your best friend once he learns how to help you with hunting. He can learn to help you track your prey, track wounded animals, and more. Dogs have been helping man to hunt big game since time immemorial. While it is a natural instinct for dogs in the wild to hunt for food, in most domesticated breeds, this natural instinct has been suppressed to the point at which many dogs no longer remember how to do so and must be taught. In fact, it takes a significant amount of time to train your dog in what should come naturally.
You could hire a professional to train your dog to hunt big game, but this can be very expensive. A much better option is to simply take the time to train your pup yourself. Not only will you end up with the results you are looking for, you learn to hunt with your dog at the same time, and the two of you form a much stronger bond.
With this particular type of training, you are not teaching your pup to attack your quarry or attempt to bring it back to you. His job instead is to help you track and locate the animal you are hunting so that you can make the kill. He should also be taught to track the animal if it is only wounded so that you can find it.
For those of you who have heard the old adage "You can't teach an old dog new tricks", it is true in this case. It can be very difficult to train an older dog to hunt. Your best bet is to start working with your dog while he is still a puppy when his curiosity is at its highest and he has not had a chance to learn any bad habits. You may want to talk to your vet and have him give your pup a once over to make sure he is ready for this type of training.
Before you can start training your pup to hunt big game, he needs to have already mastered the basic commands, including 'come', 'sit', 'stay', and 'down'. You should also know what breeds are best to use for hunting the particular animals you typically like to go hunting for. You will need a number of supplies for this training, including the basics:
Part of training your pup to hunt involves using blood from the animal you plan to hunt. Many dogs are trained to hunt only the live animal and flush them out, others are also trained to follow blood trails. One flushes out your quarry, the other helps you track down the animal if you have wounded it. You should also have already trained your pup to not be gun shy.