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You can't help but to love

You can't help but to love dogs and their enthusiasm for things like that.  I am sure it makes you happy to see her get so excited.  I ask my lab do you want to go for a ride and he just about jumps out of his skin with delight.  I put him in the truck and put the window down so he can stick his head out and he is in heaven.

Want to know who loves you more, your dog or your wife?  Lock them both in the trunk of your car, come back in a half hour and see who is happy to see you....sorry it just came to mind.

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You wrote: "Want to know who

You wrote: "Want to know who loves you more, your dog or your wife?  Lock them both in the trunk of your car, come back in a half hour and see who is happy to see you....sorry it just came to mind."
Funny to visualize that scene. LOL
There's no doubt who would be happy to see you, wagging their tail. Hahaha

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I have heard nothing but

I have heard nothing but great things about tracking dogs, and I think they should be legal everywhere.  Think about how many animals that were wounded/killed over the years and not found, basically going to waste.  Even if the use of tracking dogs cut that in half, that's tons and tons of deer every year that could be found and not wasted.

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Probably an opportunity to

Probably an opportunity to rescue some dogs from shelters and train them for the task.  You'd kill two birds with one stone that way.  Give a dog a home, a job and prevent the loss of deer.  i wonder if my lab could do it?  He doesn't seem to have the aptitude for anything outdoors so I wonder, but it be fun to try and train him.  give him something to do other than eat and sleep.

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If you search the net, there

If you search the net, there are some very good training guidelines for deer tracking dogs.

Start out easy at first, make it fun with a good reward (not necessarily food) and then make it progressively harder.

I think the biggest key is to make them understand that it is their job to find the deer and then - I believe - they lend themselves willingly to the task at hand.

You can end up with a best friend and a work dog if you do it right, of that I have no doubt... I have seen it too many times.

I have two friends who rescued strays and ended up with trackers - a buddy that has a mutt with a strong Pit influence (she is as sweet as can be) and a friend that found a Heeler. Her dog - a red heeler - is an absolute natural at it... he WILL find the deer if it can be found. He has found two in two years now.

The Pit stray found one for me already, also...

It is a big committment however... and they are a lot of work - not just to train but to keep in general.

I think the spring of 2011 will find me with one.

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Our family owns Beagles,

Our family owns Beagles, Walkers, and Blue tick hounds for running deer. I'd have to say most of them are jump dogs but our best trail dog is probably an old blue tick hound named warden. If you put him on a track He'll find the deer or you'll give trying to keep up with his long legs. The beagles and walkers are great too but are more of a jump and chase dogs. Thumbs up

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Alpine Thanks for the info I

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Thanks for the info

I need a dog that can get put on a cold trail and then let it calmly work to find the deer

I do not want one I have to chase through the woods (no insult to Warden) or wonder where the heck he or she is

I need a dog I can snap a bell on and hear the tinkle as it works to find the deer...now - whether or not that works out to be the case remains to be seen!!!

We all know dogs have a mind of their own and no two are alike

I think I am going to try an AmStaff even though they are not known as the best trackers out there.

Jim

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Jim, I found a website you

Jim, I found a website you need to check out.  It is www.deersearch.org  It is a site devoted to dogs that are used to find deer.  From the site, it says they are an organization of volunteers that want to reduce the number of wounded deer left in the woods.  You can contact them to become a dog handler.

They have a section about how they train the dogs, competitions and  handler training.  They also have a blog for news and information.  Looks like it might be an interesting site considering your wanting to get a dog to track.

Enjoy.

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CVC Great work I am on the

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Great work

I am on the Blackberry so searching the net is a little bit of a challenge but I think this is the same site where I read about the European line of Dachshunds being good trailing dogs.

I think they also recommend black mouth curs - which are primarily found down south

I think Labs also get a good mention on their site

I know Amstaffs are not highly regarded as trackers but I have always wanted one

Just getting back into bowhunting I worry about losing deer

The last several years of gun hunting that was not a real worry - the "bowling ball" shot just about eliminates having to search for a deer.

Thanks for the research - I will check this site out!

Jim

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