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New Puppy

bj139

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I am about to get a new puppy. With all the attention they need does anyone know of a chest harness or dog tree saddle that will hold a puppy for tree climbing? If I have to stay home with him it will seriously affect my deer hunting.
 

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I'm seriously lol right now picturing this. We got a puppy during morel mushroom season and the puppy couldnt keep up so my wife just tied up a papoose around her out of a fleece blanket that worked awesome. Maybe that and the leash connected to your tether and the puppy's harness? No ideas for ya when they have to go "potty" every 45 min. though.
 

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A new puppy is going to wreck your season if you want him to grow up as a well-behaved and enjoyable companion. He's gonna need a lot of time and attention. Crates are great, but locking a dog in one for hours on end is a great way to end up with an anxious, barking, carpet-staining, shoe-chewing waste of skin. I've seen it happen.

I've not done the dog thing because I work full time and can't have one in the office, and I don't want a yard dog. If you're a dog person, the time investment is worth it. My mom is a dog person. Her dogs are well-adjusted and obedient and a pleasure to be around. Most are not because folks think you can treat them like a goldfish. If you have a dog (or worse, a kid) that becomes your biggest priority for a couple of months (or years). Spend the time early, and you'll enjoy the results for years. Try to skimp, and you'll be pulling your hair out for years.

Your dog will be happier with 4 feet on the ground. You'll be happier missing a few hunts when you can't get somebody to watch the pup and enjoying a well-behaved animal for years down the road.
 

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Most pups will bark profusely at the sight of a deer. That would be disappointing to say the least. And if my dog was with me, even if asleep, the snoring alone would scare the deer away!
 

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I agree with @Nutterbuster. If you're dedicated to your hunting (like I am) it's better to wait until after the season when you have time to work with the puppy while he's young. Like all mammals, people included, dogs learn the fastest when they're young. If you can give them lots of attention and care early then you'll reap the rewards later.
 

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I can do 2 hour hunts morning or evening and spend quality time with the puppy at other times. It would be the best time to hunt anyway. My wife started a new job and won't be around much. It's hard to find the right puppy that won't cost me the equivalent of 10 new saddles.
 

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We currently have 3 other dogs as well and that helps with training. The pup is only in his crate when we are not home which is not often as I work from home and at night when we go to bed.

All of our dogs are crate trained and love their crates. They lay in them at anytime on their own. The older ones we only put in the crates when we are not home and are out the rest of the time. The puppy will get to this as well but for now at night when we go to bed in he goes and keeps him out of trouble.

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Maybe go for one of the species with strong jaws/necks. Just tie it’s you to your pull up rope, and pull em on up once you’re at height.
Ask @denots what kinda creature Henry is. Ole Henry would grab that rope and hold on while you lifted him up 30ft. If he weighed a bit more I'd trust him as a rappelling partner.
 

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We got a pup in July. I also have 9 yr old and 6 year old kids. With COVID crap, hybrid learning for a while and now a possible quarantine for multiple weeks.... I would say we made a poor decision to say the least even though it can be a good dog.
 

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Dog prices are insane with the quarantine thing right now.
We had a Shetland Sheepdog for 11 years but he died in April. Sheepdogs don't run when you let them out since they are guarding their pasture. Hunting dogs take off and you wind up trying to find them. I was astounded when my wife bought the Sheltie, that they would stay around.
 

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A new puppy is going to wreck your season if you want him to grow up as a well-behaved and enjoyable companion. He's gonna need a lot of time and attention. Crates are great, but locking a dog in one for hours on end is a great way to end up with an anxious, barking, carpet-staining, shoe-chewing waste of skin. I've seen it happen.

I've not done the dog thing because I work full time and can't have one in the office, and I don't want a yard dog. If you're a dog person, the time investment is worth it. My mom is a dog person. Her dogs are well-adjusted and obedient and a pleasure to be around. Most are not because folks think you can treat them like a goldfish. If you have a dog (or worse, a kid) that becomes your biggest priority for a couple of months (or years). Spend the time early, and you'll enjoy the results for years. Try to skimp, and you'll be pulling your hair out for years.

Your dog will be happier with 4 feet on the ground. You'll be happier missing a few hunts when you can't get somebody to watch the pup and enjoying a well-behaved animal for years down the road.
100 percent agree.
 

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A new puppy is going to wreck your season if you want him to grow up as a well-behaved and enjoyable companion. He's gonna need a lot of time and attention. Crates are great, but locking a dog in one for hours on end is a great way to end up with an anxious, barking, carpet-staining, shoe-chewing waste of skin. I've seen it happen.

I've not done the dog thing because I work full time and can't have one in the office, and I don't want a yard dog. If you're a dog person, the time investment is worth it. My mom is a dog person. Her dogs are well-adjusted and obedient and a pleasure to be around. Most are not because folks think you can treat them like a goldfish. If you have a dog (or worse, a kid) that becomes your biggest priority for a couple of months (or years). Spend the time early, and you'll enjoy the results for years. Try to skimp, and you'll be pulling your hair out for years.

Your dog will be happier with 4 feet on the ground. You'll be happier missing a few hunts when you can't get somebody to watch the pup and enjoying a well-behaved animal for years down the road.
i guess it just depends on how long you plan to be away. a puppy can stay in a crate while you hunt 1 sit. maybe no all day hunts. if nobodys gonna be home...but as long as you give him attention and train him when you are around i dont see a pup wrecking your season.

maybe I'm naïve to how bad a crated pup can be. my dog never had anxiety or any kind of crazy disorders from being in a cage if i had to be gone when he was a little dude. i hear ya on the goldfish analogy. some of my buddies wonder why their dog is an idiot n think my dogs are "so smart". I think the dumber dogs are easier to train haha. a smart dog can be stubborn n wont listen if he doesnt think its worth it on his end.
 

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Obviously not a dog lover! For lots of us, there is no, "It's just a dog".
my dog comes everywhere with me (not to restaurants or grocery stores or anything weird). i feed him high end food and a 1/2lb of deer meat every day. he's 15 n some change n can still chase deer. "love" dogs. but i dont act like hes my child or some weird ****. i talk to him in commands n treat him like a dog. ITS JUST A DOG DUDE. to each his own i guess
 
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