It's cutting them loose and having the pack run the rabbit until it gives up and goes in a hole or gets caught. And although the dogs usually don't catch it, they run like they want to. Just me and my pack of hounds, in any condition, on any day, in the roughest places I can find . . .

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Advantage of a Family Kennel

I just got Kurly back. I have owned him before, traded him to my dad, and just traded back for him. It is so nice when a dog gets a break from me, goes to a different trainer, or gets to run with different dogs for a while. Then, when the time is right, he comes back home.

A few years ago, I traded Willie and he won the World Hunt a year later. He just drove me crazy. The Old Man got him and he never looked back. He just kept getting better and better. He got check after check and made every race better. He became an awesome dog with a different style of trainer.

Our kennel is lucky in that this happens all the time. I have Ob now. I owned him before. Gregg had him for a while. The Old Man had him for a while two different times. Dad has Trick, Dissident, and Village Girl--all dogs that I had for a while.

Recently, I traded Jed to the Old Man for Kurly. All of the running I was doing was bugging Jed. His attitude was bugging me. I am absolutely certain the Old Man will make me sorry I ever traded him. I know he will have him busting at the leash for the World Hunt.  But I traded for Kurly and if you draw him in a cast, you better watch out.

Having a family kennel is an amazing advantage in having good dogs. This is especially true when you have a low level of tolerance like I do. When I loose patience with a dog, I know I can swap with the Old Man and he will ease the dog along and make him a good dog. When he has a dog that needs a little bit of direct and involved training usually I can bring out the good. 

Trading dogs back and forth is one of the main reasons our kennel has continued to raise dogs that are competitive and dogs that make good gundogs.

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