Your Sporting Puppy

Sporting dog breeds are often very friendly and eager to be part of the family unit.

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This group includes the pointers, retrievers, setters and spaniels, as well as the Vizsla and Weimaraner, two all-purpose hunting breeds. Sporting dogs were originally bred to aid hunters. From flushing and fetching to pointing and chasing, sporting dogs are bred for specific hunting conditions and types of game. These breeds have lots of energy, are very loyal and are eager to please. They love people and activities. Most sporting dogs make great family pets because of their ease in training and love of doing things with their owners. They do not do well in homes with children under five years of age, for they are too active and may inadvertently knock small children over, but they can keep up with well-behaved older children for well into their senior years.

Sporting breeds are often very friendly and eager to be part of the family unit. They do not do well if cooped up in small areas for long periods of time or left alone without a chance to play with other dogs and people. They require lots of exercise and do not care about the weather conditions as much as some other breeds. Most, in fact, have been bred to retrieve from the water, so they don't understand why they cannot go out to play on a rainy day. They are high-energy and very demanding of attention. You had better love outdoor activities if you own a sporting dog!

Reprinted from Training Your Puppy in 5 Minutes © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.


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Jimmy   Baltimore, MD

3/8/2012 7:09:43 PM

I just lost my chessie. Just short of 14 yrs. very dependable companion and pet. Takes them a few years to get cuddly with you. They smile when you greet them after a long day. Its precious. Very well behaved if you do it right, with love and common sense. Softest, sweetest eyes that show their love once they know your the master.They want and need amaster. They walk and act proud when they know your leading them, are with them, around them and teaching them. They learn things os quick. My 8 yr old son talk Jed most of his house hold normal stuff. Great dog.

Miss him soooooooo much.

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Paulette   Oswego, NY

12/11/2011 8:20:22 AM

If your dog doesn't take to the leash when you put it on occassionaly, try letting her live with it all the time. (only when you're home.) Leash on all the time, she'll get used to it. It becomes part of her body. Keep an eye on her so she doesn't get "stuck"anywhere. Lots of treats or lovig when you pick itup.

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Robin   Charleston, SC

1/29/2009 5:41:52 AM

My puppy is 5/6 months old. She hates a leash. I try and try, but when I put one on her she will sit down or just stand and refuse to move. A halter works a little better...any ideas on how to improve this behavior.

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Laurie   Waukesha, WI

1/26/2009 9:16:29 AM

We have a seven year old GSP named Elsa. She is a dream dog if ever there was one. Elsa has had intense obedience training for the first 3 yrs. and still enjoys her sessions. I have never had to punish or yell at her for bad behavior. She has had Addison's disease since she was 5 yrs. You wouldn't know except toward the end of the month when her meds are due; she slows down. She is everything I was looking for in a companion, and more.

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