Hello!! I'm Woytgirl!!
I wanted to write this for all those people who have puppies that are hunting dogs, because I recently got one and I know how hard it can be. I have included tips that I have found really useful with my puppy, Blissa. This is not just for hunting puppies, though. I have some tips for all puppies, like how to stop them chewing on furniture, how to train them to heel, e.t.c.
WARNING: do NOT get a puppy, (much less a hunting puppy) if you can not provide everything it needs. Puppies need not only basic needs (food, water) but also they need space. They do not necessarily need a big yard, but they DO need a place to run and play. If you have a small yard, you can walk them extra to make up for the small space. Puppies also need a caring, LOVING owner who is very patient. You can not ever yell at a puppy, because they will not understand and you can scare them. I only yell at mine when she does something serious, like chewing on electrical cords. Rather, talk in a stern voice if they are naughty.
Hunting puppies are not different then other breeds except that they like to hunt. You may not think there is a big difference, but there is. They might be more hyper than other breeds. ALL puppies are hyper, but remember, that is because they are young. Once they are past the puppy stage, they usually mellow out. Hunting adult dogs can hunt for hours at a time. These breeds were MADE to hunt, and they work best in the country, with lots of space to tire them out.
Let me tell you me and Blissa's story.
It was a rainy day. Me and my Mom were driving to the puppy shelter. We had wanted a puppy and found one at a shelter, but it got adopted. We wanted one still. She heard there was a shelter nearby that just got a new arrival of 4 10 week old puppies. The lady said we had better get over there fast, since people were coming to see them already.
We go in, and I see two ladies looking and cooing to the puppies. They were the cutest things I had ever seen!! Mom said,"We would like to see Blissa, please," after the other ladies left. The lady pulled out one puppy and we walked together into a side room. As soon as the lady put her down, I started calling the puppy over, smiling and very excited. Blissa got into my lap, put her tiny, pink paws on my shoulder, and started licking my face and my hair, all over. I was enchanted. It really was "love at first lick" for the both of us. I was so happy, and starting petting her, while I said her name. She was so sweet and cute. I said,"This is the perfect puppy. I've always wanted a puppy like this." I was sad to leave, but me and my family visited her throughout the week, and the next week, on December 22, 2017, we brought her home!! She has been a joy to have!!
TIPS: Use Chewfix spray to stop puppies chewing on furniture. Warning: it is very bitter. It works like magic!!
Use a hermes springer choke collar to control puppies during walks, or if its a young puppy, use a harness. The collar just puts pressure on their neck. I like it because she has chewed through about 5 harnesses since we forget to take them off her. This collar we only use when we are with her, since the trainer said it can get stuck on other objects like their crate, and choke them. A trainer recommended it to us. All you have to do is pull on it, if they walk ahead of you or pull, and say "heel". Try doing this somewhere where there are no distractions. Blissa still pulls if she sees a squirrel, a person, or another dog. If you walk them like that, heeling with a collar or harness, it excersizes their mind, and tires them out. If you let them zigzag across the sidewalks, let them pull, or let them walk ahead and do whatever they want, it doesn't tire them out since their is no mental stimulation. That's what the trainer said. This works to tire out Blissa b4 naps all the time.
If they whine, do not ever, EVER go over and pet them to stop the whining. It only makes it worse!! That's what we did and it has been terrible!! The noise is like...
For pet crates and pet stuff like that, Amazon is WAY cheaper than Petco, Petsmart, or other pet stores.
Blissa is 8 months old now, and, for the most part, a happy puppy.
I hope this has been helpful. Please tell me below if their are typos and I will add pics later. I have to take Blissa in the backyard now.
Here's Blissa when she was younger
UPDATE: Blissa is now turning 2 in October and has finally calmed down a little. She is still in her “teenager” stage and very independent. She is also devilishly smart. I am constantly surprised at how smart she is. She’s doing well, except for the occasional sassy disobedience. The first pic is her now. Also she finally walks well after all our training. One lady said she walked “very pretty”