How to Take Care of Your Hunting Dogs March 14 2020
A hunting dog is more than just a faithful companion they are a valuable tool that a hunter will find invaluable. Certain breeds such as the hound, pointer, lab or spaniel can be trained to help out on a hunting expedition.
So, keeping them healthy and taking proper care of them is essential. Hunting dogs have specific needs some of which extend beyond that of the average domestic canine. Here are some tips on how to care for your huntings dogs and to keep them happy.
Proper Diet and Exercise
Making sure that your hunting dog remains fit by having a well-balanced diet is essential. Another thing is for the dog to get plenty of exercises. The hunting dog needs to remain on top of their game, so giving them the right formulated dog food, and keeping them active help.
One other thing is to start to train them for the hunt, yes, hunting is in a dog's natural instinct they are the cousin of the wolf after all, but to keep them with this instinct takes practice. In fact, experts on hunting say that before any hunt starts to prepare you canine at least six weeks ahead of time. Some of the things you can do with your dog ahead of time is a game of retrieving, going swimming and hiking, all of which are skills the dog will display while out hunting.
Hunting dogs require more grooming than the average household dog. That is because hunting expeditions can take them into some pretty messy terrain. So, after every hunt, it is essential to bathe the dog. But bathing is just the beginning of the grooming process, the dog will also need to be properly combed down to ensure that all dirt and debris has been removed.
During the process take the time to inspect for fleas and ticks that may have been picked up while out in the wilderness. Another important aspect is to check for any unforeseen injuries that could have to happen to the dog while on the hunt.
See The Vet
Seeing the Veternatrian regularly is also essential to owners of a hunting dog. The Vet will ensure that all their shots are up to date which is essential before placing the dog in a situation with wild animals that could be diseased.
The hunting dog may also need to be checked out after the hunt since they are exposed to extreme changes in temperature, which could lead to hypothermia or heat exhaustion. Another reason is to again have injuries to the dog checked out. Even a mild cut or scratch should be checked out to ensure that it doesn't go into an infection.
It may seem like a whole lot of work, but remember the hunting dog is your faithful companion. See this as a moment to bond with them, and to keep them on top of their game so they will keep you on top of yours.