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Question about hunting two young pups together!

Question about hunting two young pups together!

Postby Onk » Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:02 am

Was wondering if there was any chance of my 11 month old Brit picking up any bad habits by hunting with a younger setter pup that is just starting in its training. My dog is doing so well thus far and I would love to hunt him with older well trained dogs to compare his level to theirs, but am worried about the younger 6 month old pup busting birds or flushing birds my dog is pointing. Is this a real worry or should I just expect my pup to keep on doing what he has been doing and not be influenced by mistakes of the younger dog? Thanks for your input!
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Re: Question about hunting two young pups together!

Postby PntrRookie » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:02 am

Onk wrote:...worried about the younger 6 month old pup busting birds or flushing birds my dog is pointing. Is this a real worry...

To me that is a real worry. Hunt them individually. You will get more progress out of that and it will be more enjoyable for YOU. You have probably 10+ years to hunt them together, these are some very impressionable times, take it slow and use it as teaching moments. Your 11 month old is really only a pup as well and that is a LOT of pressure for it to stand through when a dog rips a bird out from under it. It will only take 1-3x of that happening before you end up with 2 flushing dogs, then you are back to ground zero with them both. The Cons outweigh the Pros in my opinion.
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Re: Question about hunting two young pups together!

Postby kninebirddog » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:23 am

Don't hunt them together now...wait till dexter has his job down hard to do..but a younger dog that has no manners can quickly undo all that he has learned
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Re: Question about hunting two young pups together!

Postby Sharon » Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:54 am

It can make a younger dog less independent , as he relies on the older dog.
Even when I trained/bred beagles I never worked 2 pups together until they were older.
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Re: Question about hunting two young pups together!

Postby Onk » Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:11 am

Your answers are what I was kind of thinking.....I'll tell my friend we can take both but only hunt one at a time! Thanks
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