Advice on Young Hound-I am writing for advice in regard to a young hound I have. This is a promising dog, especially for opossum, skunk, coon and squirrels. He has acquired the rabbit running habit to some extent. I wish to know how to break this dog of this habit without spoiling the dog. Must I shoot him or whip him or could you suggest a better way of breaking the dog?
As the rabbit is part of the game hunted by the dog it becomes hard to let one kind alone and merely take up scent and hunt the desired kind. To “shoot” while chasing would result in gun shyness and to inflict harsh punishment with whip would result in whip shyness and dog probably would quit hunting altogether on any kind of game. If hunted in company of dogs who let rabbits alone, this one will, in time, also quit it unless the others follow him on the chase and thus make rabbit hunters of the pack. In the book, “amateur trainer” the modus operandi of breaking from giving rabbits any attention is by use of “force collar”. This collar is placed on the dog, a long cord is attached and dog allowed to seek for rabbits. The handler soon learns to observe the manner of dog when on scent of rabbits. If getting animated and thus indicating a rabbit near, the end of cord is fastened to staple object and handler endeavors to jump Mr. Bunny in direction of the dog who, as he passes makes a break for it and gets it good and hard in the neck, turning a somersault, look bewildered and wonder where the “lightening” came from that turned him heels overhead. A few well directed repetitions will cure any dog of running rabbits by this method and despise the very looks and scent of them.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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