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Good bird dog?

My wife recently brought home a black lab/hound mix from the humane society. He is about 6 or 7 months old and just started bird hunting, just went for the first time last weekend. We hunted grouse and woodcock and I was wondering if he would be a good bird dog or not. I'd like to try phesant some time but have no idea what I would be doing. Also any tips on how to train him would be very appreciated.

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Good bird dog?

Welcome to BGH!

Wish I could tell you how to train your pup but you have two different type's in one dog and it's hard to tell which type will surface in the end. Most likely either will retrieve. The lab part will probably be easy to keep with you and the hound part might want to run. If it runs to much, out of gun range, it won't do you much good. But there is a chance it might not. If that's the case, work on retrieving and take it for walks where it might find birds. If it will root them out, probably will, in gun range at least you can shoot them. If it will go to the shot bird then it will probably learn the retrieve also given time.

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A nother welcome to BGH

I have a family friend who has serveral "Walker Hounds". While his are great for hunting the local bob cats and racoons, he has tried them on quail, cant keep the dogs in gun range. I'm wondering ifn the lab mix might be enough to keep your dog closer.

While Im knew to dog training, if your really want to work your dog on birds, might try him as a flusher.

Good Luck and let us know how it works out

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am curious on how the training is coming JDnoluck? Heres hoping ya got yourself a good bird Thumbs up

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