What is your favorite sporting dog

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    What is your favorite sporting dog

    Mine are labs. I have two and I enjoy training them to retrieve ducks. What about you all?
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    Labs without a doubt...... Don't get me started on mine,,,,,,Worse than baby stories........

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    I wouldn't have anything but a Lab.

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    Beagles I love rabbit hunting!

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    Labs...although mine's not trained to hunt anything but the couch. During pool season he does love to retreive toys from the pool. Great exercise for an "old" guy that has had 2 ACL repairs and one meniscus repair.

    Our lab is eight...has anyone had any experience introducing a new puppy to their family with a dog of this age?

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    YEs i have plenty of times. Dogs are pack animals, they always do better in pairs then by themselves, keep that in mind. If he is a lab, they accept change very well and as long as you love on them they will let anyhting else go. The best way to do it, is introduce them to each other at a neutral site. That way your ol dog doesnt get defensive because he is on his territory. Let them sniff eachs others butt, a doggie handshake, run around and play. Then you can take them home. You have to leave room for a learning curve, for the older dog to show they are dominant, but make sure any wrestling or fighting doesnt get out of control. I was always very hesitant when introducing puppy, because you dont want to get them hurt. Having said that you have to let them wrastle just a bit, remembering never to let them go for the throat even in a seemingly lighthearted way. Patience is key, but show both dogs equal ammount of love. A lab above all else wants his owners approval.

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    Anyone out there have an ESP or GSP, im thinking about getting one sometime in the future

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    Originally posted by FlagetRocks
    Anyone out there have an ESP or GSP, im thinking about getting one sometime in the future
    can you clarify what that is?

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    English Standard Pointer

    German Shorthaired Pointer

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    Originally posted by bargedawg
    Beagles I love rabbit hunting!
    Ditto, I've had beagles my whole life.

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    I raise and train Coonhounds. My heart is with the Treeing Walkers, but I do have a good bloodline of Black and Tan hounds that I enjoy training as well. Right now I own a 5 year old Treeing Walker, a 11 month old Black and Tan Female, and an 8 month old Black and Tan male.

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    I have a Chesapeake, I decided on this breed over a lab for duck hunting. Gunner is an old man now and will retire this year. Chesapeakes are superior to labs in terms of cold water toughness, they have a blubber type skin and can retrieve in conditions that labs will not. Generally this bread is a little bigger and stronger than a lab though this is not necessarily a good thing for waterfowl. The downside to this breed is they are widely reguarded as being hard headed and this trait is true.

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    Originally posted by powerfootball
    I raise and train Coonhounds. My heart is with the Treeing Walkers, but I do have a good bloodline of Black and Tan hounds that I enjoy training as well. Right now I own a 5 year old Treeing Walker, a 11 month old Black and Tan Female, and an 8 month old Black and Tan male.
    Walkers are awesome, we also had some redbone and blue tick coon hounds when I was young. My nieghboors had a black and tan.

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    Originally posted by fastpitchfan
    Walkers are awesome, we also had some redbone and blue tick coon hounds when I was young. My nieghboors had a black and tan.

    Yeah I love my walker dog, but I have had to suffer through some sorry ones prior to him. I really like these 2 Black and Tans I have, but thats only b/c they act just like a walker, hunt DEEP and tree HARD!

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    I've got a Golden retriever, I haven't ever really trained her to hunt but she is real smart and loves to be in the woods or the water. My sister has a cocker spaniel that stays with us, or with Sadie in the dog lot and she is one crazy baby.

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