Gundogs with People
By Joe Law
24 July 2013
training of dogs requires matching the right dog with its handler and
vice versa. That is why before choosing a dog with which you
spend the next ten years or more of your life, it is important that you
carefully consider your own objectives and expectations.
come in a variety of breeds, all with their own special breed
characteristics. Furthermore, even within each of these
there will be further varieties of temperament, athletic ability,
biddability and ease of training. That is why any choice
be matched to the objectives of the owners as well as to significant
others who will be involved in the dog’s future life.
If a dog’s
future is to live in a home and be a companion to a family with
differing ages with differing desires and expectations, then the choice
will need to be different from one where only one person’s expectations
need to be considered.
If the dog is to
a large percentage of its time in a small urban dwelling with only
occasional visits to rural environments, then there are breeds with
specific characteristics that would make them eminently more suitable
to that environment, when compared to dogs bred and raised in kennelled
rural environments and trained for only a specific type of work.
before choosing a puppy, carefully look at your own personality and
list exactly what your objectives will be in your relationship with
your new dog. Then, and only then, carefully proceed with
research of the breeds that best match your objectives. Then finally
search for a reputable breeder who has a history of breeding the type
of dog that will increase your chances of being happily matched to your
new canine partner.
This is an edited
version of an article that first appeared in the November 2013 issue of
page is provided by Working Gundog Club Inc.
(Affiliated with Dogs NSW)