Most dogs have at least some hunting instinct, no matter how deeply it may be buried in the dark recesses of their minds. The hard part is that your pup may not know where it's hiding or how to bring it out of the archives so that they can use this amazing talent. Training is the only way to bring this natural skill out, it will take time. Some hunting dog trainers say it can take years for your dog to become an expert hunter.
There are two different types of hunting you can train your Beagle to do. The first is to find and flush out deer so that you can make a successful kill. The second is to follow a blood trail to help you track down a wounded animal. The perfectly trained Beagle should be able to do both in order to be considered good at his job.
The skill of hunting deer can be split into two sub-skills. The first is for your pup to learn to track down live deer by their scent in order to herd them towards you for a cleaner more effective shot and a higher chance of success. The second is for your beagle to be able to track a wounded deer by the smell of its blood.
Training your pup to hunt deer sounds like it should be reasonably easy, after all, what dog doesn't like to use his nose to find things? The trick is that you need to be able to channel this natural desire into a usable behavior such as tracking or hunting deer. There are several different ways you can go about training your Beagle to hunt deer. Here we are offering three of the most popular.
Most experts recommend you wait until your pup is at least 3 to 6 months old before you start training him to hunt. This gives his bones a chance to harden and become more durable. You may want to have your vet examine your pup to make sure he is ready. Your pup should also already know how to 'sit', 'come', 'stay', and 'lie down' on command. There are a number of supplies needed that will make the training go more easily, these include:
The rest of the list includes a large open space preferably with free access and woods on one side to train in and plenty of time and patience.
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Hello Robert, Are you wondering if pup could still be trained to hunt at this age, with their history? That depends a lot on pup's natural tracking ability and how socialized they are with the type of environments they will need to track in. Is pup comfortable in the woods and similar areas? Does pup have off-leash reliability? Do they seem to have a good nose? If the answer is yes to the above, they can likely still be trained to hunt, it will probably just take a bit longer. Dog forums for topics like tracking, hunting, and deer hunting are good places to ask questions that may come up with an older dog, from other's who are involved in the sport. Like gundog forum. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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