Exactly. If you only bother to run your dog(s) when you can shoot stuff, no sense holing them up in a kennel if they can satisfy a emotional need for you by keeping them inside, otherwise find a buddy with dogs. If they're worked a few times a week all year long, the fact they're outside doesn't seem to have any negative bearing on their state of mind.bprush said:To get a dog and kennel it to me didn't make any sense. As a grouse dog she can hunt less than 4 months a year. So for the other 8 months she just waits in a cage?
Just IMO, judging from my situation, this is based solely on the dog alone and blood behind it. Not to disagree but I don't think keeping a dog inside makes it hunt harder for you. The hardest hunting dog I have is one of my outside males. So far, either one of my other 2 have yet to out hunt him. My female hunts good don't get me wrong, but not like him. Again, just a matter of opinion but I think it's more on a dog by dog basis.Buckethead said:I think a hunting dog will hunt better for you if they're with you all the time. When they are with you constantly, that bond is so much stronger. My brit is always in the house, goes everywhere with us and sleeps in my son's bed with him every night. Dogs are pack animals and hunting is usually a pack activity. I just think they'll work harder for you if they are an established and consistant part of your pack.