When is the Right Time to Add Bird Dog Number Two?
My good friend and FAN Outdoors radio partner, “The Captain” Billy Hildebrand stopped by the Pheasants Forever office this morning. In tow was his new Brittany pup “Snap.” Snap joins his eight year-old golden retriever, “Tess,” as the Hildebrand’s newest hunting family member.
I currently have a 3 1/2 year old German shorthaired pointer named “Trammell.” If you’ve read my blog before, then you know how much I adore my pup. Last year about this time I started toying with the idea of adding a second bird dog to the mix. I went so far as to put my name on the first pick of females in a shorthair litter planned for April. As that litter’s birth neared, I had second thoughts about the timing of adding that second dog to the family and pulled my name off the list.
As I enter the mid-point of this hunting season, I’m thankful I did remove my name from that litter. While I missed out on the joys of having a puppy this spring, I am benefiting from focusing on Trammell as she enters her prime bird hunting years.
The more seasoned dog owners I talk with, the more consistent the advice: “Add dog number two when your first dog turns six or seven. That way, you’ll always have a dog in its prime.”
Do you agree with that advice or do you have a different opinion?
The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.
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