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Old 05-07-2018, 08:53 AM
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Default Training a Beagle as a Bird Dog

I picked up my new puppy "Ranger" this weekend. He's only 8 weeks old but already he's starting to point to his toys before pouncing on them so I think there is promise. I would like to start him off right with the hopes he will be at least be a reasonable upland hunter when fall arrives. I know I need to work on the basics first like house training, sit stay commands ext but when do you think is a good age to get him training on bird wings and scent tracking? Ive read many different websites all with conflicting information on some points but a general consensus of 12-14 weeks. Many say to start him off by following a seasoned upland dog but right now I don't know anyone personally that hunts upland with their dogs. I would also like to get him finding ducks and geese but I assume he will be a little small to retrieve them. I know beagles are bread primarily as a rabbit breed but I needed something smaller and good with kids so a lab was out.
Does anyone have any good resources worth looking into? Tried and true techniques? Kind of hoping Pixel Shooter will post up because I had the privilege of hunting with his awesome dog and I hope mine can turn out even half as good as his.

Anyways a photo of my new hunting buddy ( provided he doesn't become lazy like his master)

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