Questions about my new puppy
I just got a new pup a couple weeks ago. He's a Lab/Blue Heeler mix. I think he'll be a really good dog overall but I'd like to train him to do some hunting eventually. I guess my question would be what kind of hunting do you think this kind of mutt would be best suited for? The funny thing is, he doesn't seem very interested in retrieving. He's only ten weeks but when I throw a ball or stick for him he will chase it a little bit but doesn't seem to enthused about it. Also, he doesn't seem too keen on water, which surprised me because of the lab in him. Can these things be trained? Or am I stuck with a dog that wouldn't be a good hunting companion?
I'd appreciate any help you guys can give me.
My dog is not intrested in retrieving at all. He'll chase the hell out of a ball, grab it, and chew the heck out of it. He won't bring the thing back. But he's no retriever. I would think a lab/Healer would love to fetch stuff...
When my dog was younger (she's a year old now) she would never fetch-as she got older, it became her favorite thing in the world- other than chasing rabbits.
Well, that's good to know. Maybe the little guy just needs to grow into it...
If you want a hunting dog, then you must start training NOW...not "someday".
Get yourself a DVD called "gun dog" and get to work. There are some fantastic "mutt" hunting dogs out there but if there is no natural ability then you must start training now.
There's a book called "The Culture Clash", which encompasses a wide variety of aspects of life with dogs. Even if you don't care about the rest, there is a section in there about teaching a puppy to chase, bring back, and let go. It would be worth your time.
One of my dogs would chase something down, then hunker over it and guard it - not bring it back. I think it only took about two weeks to get him to bring it back fairly reliably.
Second vote for gun dog, its a little old looking but nothing has changed. start now!
fetching, start at ridiculously short distances, like 2 feet sit down and try some tug o war, when pup is into it pull it away and toss it two feet and see if he grabs it turns around, keep doing until he does and when he does, go crazy happy
thats the best i have
Or the Blue Heeler is dominant in which case you might as well get some cows....
With the high energy of the healer and the nose of the lab mixed in I would think it would be a decent pheasant dog.
I second the get some cows idea my pure red healer just chases cattle all day long and he loves every second of it not to mention the work he saves us from doing.