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A new owner .

Posted: Mon May 11, 2009 10:35 am
by Dave
This is from an email . I invited Erin to join us .

My name is Erin . I was forwarded your message from my very good dog friend, Deb. I am relatively new to the dog world (this would be my second dog) and inexperienced with training, but eager to learn. I was hoping that I could probe your Brittany mind with some questions?

I have a deposit on a little orange eared female from a breeder in Great Falls . I will pick her up next weekend.

I am not a hunter, but interested in agility, tracking, or 'dry hunting' training, potentially. I am new at all of these, but think a Brittany and ones athleticism would be a good match for me. I would say that I am extremely active: I run marathons, hike, bike, have 2 horses. I know that not getting enough excercize is not an issue for any dog I would own. I recently owned a Springer...but one that had serious aggression problems. So a gentle temperament is my number one quality I am seeking in a dog. However, I would like an athletic dog as well. From all of my researching, Terry Courtright has had no problems with aggression in any of his dogs and Brittany's usually don't? Do you agree?

Do you think that I would have a problem with a serious hunting breed, given that I have no experience with hunting? Or do you think that given my excersize level and supplementing another type of job (tracking for example) would be worthwhile for a Brittany?

I would greatly appreciate any of your advice you might have for me,
Thanks so much,

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Mon May 11, 2009 10:52 am
by headtrip_honey
Heh, she sounds like a good Brittany owner. Not all Britt owners have to be hunters, or even super active. My family certainly isn't, and our Brittanys are very happy with the way we run our household! And we are happy with them!

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Mon May 11, 2009 11:23 am
by MaggieRocks
Since she's getting the dog as a pup, it shouldn't matter that she doesn't hunt. The puppy can't miss something it was never exposed to. I know with my two, Maggie LIVES to hunt! There's nothing she would rather do, and she would be miserable if she couldn't hunt. Emma, on the other hand-she enjoys hunting, but if she had someone to run with her and do agility with her-I think she would be just as happy doing those things. It sounds like Erin has done her research and will be a great owner.

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Mon May 11, 2009 2:22 pm
by janet909
While we hunt with our older Brit and plan to get our young one hunting, I think we actually only hunt 5-7 times a year. The other 360 days are spent hiking, backpacking, trail running etc. So, no, I definitely feel that hunting is absolutely not necessary....just activity !!

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Mon May 11, 2009 3:40 pm
by Jacksbuddy
Well, hunting season only lasts from October through January :cry: ,you can stretch it out to March going to preserves. You have to find something else to do with the dogs the rest of the year. Given the chance I think Henley would have been good at agility considering he is part BC.
Looks like Erin is on the right track she shouldn't dwell too much on the fact that she won't hunt her pup. It also seems that she is working with a breeder and they should be able to place a puppy with her that doesn't show a lot of birdyness.

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 9:57 am
by adele
I think Lola would LOVE to formally hunt but I don't want to. For awhile I felt bad because I didn't take her when clearly hunting is "her thing". However, I soon realized that we go "hunting" every morning for an hour (on hiatus until she's healed). She is happy hunting without the guns, discipline, and training. She gets to do the part that comes naturally and its clear to me that she thinks we are "hunting" together. So I don't see the need to really hunt.

Lola isn't aggressive but she doesn't like the company of other dogs when on leash (she gets along fine at daycare). I have to watch when we're out on the street or she'll snarl and snap at other dogs. I do not like that side of her but haven't really done very much to fix it. :roll: :oops:

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 1:34 pm
by StaceyM
I think that if she is an inexperienced dog owner then it would be very beneficial for her and her pup if she takes obedience classes. Molly was one crazy puppy and taking her to obedience classes combined with crate training kept my DH and I sane. :wink: It also helped shape her into a great dog that she is now. Puppies shouldn't be taken out jogging or really long walks until they are full grown anyways so although it is great that she is very active it won't be necessary at first.

I would also suggest she search this forum for all the puppy antics that folks have posted so she knows what she is in for!! :lol:

I'll also add that Molly "hunts" everyday in our backyard and on our daily walks and is quite happy about that!!

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 1:40 pm
by adele
StaceyM wrote:I would also suggest she search this forum for all the puppy antics that folks have posted so she knows what she is in for!! :lol:
I missed that detail. Yes :!: get her to look at the HELP!!! PUPPY posts. Sounds like Erin is where I was before I got my pup. Had one dog, was looking for something energetic. :lol: :lol: :roll: :lol: joke was on me.

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 6:36 pm
by janet909
I agree that you should wait until they are close to full grown before trail running any big distance with them. I also warn people about biking with their dogs because the pace is sooooo much faster. I'm an average runner which means that they are ahead of me smelling things and resting while I catch up. When I see bikers with their dogs, the dogs are frequently having to keep a fast pace in order to keep up....especially when going down hill. One of my sitters took Moby (7 1/2) mountain biking a couple months ago without realizing that I don't do that with him. Moby limped for 3 days. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 9:34 pm
by rtropeano
I don't hunt Daisy at all. She is interested in birds and shows me that everyday now, but I take her on walks and trails and we are going to be starting agility in about 3 weeks and that seems to suffice. But I should warn you, by "Brittany" standards, Daisy is very mellow. She's happy if she goes for one 30 min. walk and a few play sessions of tug per day.

Since you're active, I don't think you'll have a problem.

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 9:06 am
by Tglaub
we have three Brittanys and I don't hunt with them. Only one is birdy and the puppy is interested in anything that moves so not sure. They are totally people dogs so whatever we do they do. I take them on walks, they go camping with us all summer, ( we have a leased space in a national forest that we go to almost every weekend from May-Oct. So they are well rounded. As long as they have attention and exercise they are happy. They are just such an awesome breed I forget that they are "supposed" to be hunting dogs.

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:18 am
by elandguth
Wow, thanks to all of the replies and advice. Kepler is now 3 months and full-on biting, digging, and chewing :D This website and forum has been very useful.
Thanks and wish us luck!
Erin.

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:32 am
by Barb Wright
Hi Erin.....Welcome to our message board :D Happy you posted an up date on your pup Kepler, and we'll be watching for more news on your life with your Britt :D :D It's always fun for a lot of us to "re-live" raising a puppy as it brings back the frustration memories that we have forgotten :wink: :P :lol:

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:40 am
by headtrip_honey
Barb Wright wrote:Hi Erin.....Welcome to our message board :D Happy you posted an up date on your pup Kepler, and we'll be watching for more news on your life with your Britt :D :D It's always fun for a lot of us to "re-live" raising a puppy as it brings back the frustration memories that we have forgotten :wink: :P :lol:
...repressed, more like. :twisted:

Re: A new owner .

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:42 pm
by DelawareBritts
Hi Erin - Welcome and happy brittany puppy tails (nubs)....

NAHHHH...I don't hunt. We keep busy with lots of other stimulating activites. Hunting is what brittanys do...all around gun dogs, but does not mean they can't hunt in other ways like on touched on above.

Most of all with your new puppy, remember that he is a BRITTANY :D puppy, practice love and patience and get him into a training class!! Take him everywhere with you now. Have people (children too!) feed him treats while you have him in public...people gravitate to puppies. Expose him to as much as the world as you can.

Good luck with the new puppy and I can't wait to see pics!