How Did You Choose Your Pup?

You could fill a book with all of the available tips and tricks to pick a good pup from a … Continued

You could fill a book with all of the available tips and tricks to pick a good pup from a litter. And the truth is there’s nothing harder than staring at a wiggling mass of puppies and saying, “I do,” with conviction.

When my wife, Jenny, and I chose Pritchard it was meant to be a group decision. I tossed puppy bumpers to see which of the youngsters had solid retrieving drive, and I rolled them over and gently pinched between their toes to see who reacted and who didn’t.

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When we narrowed it down to three females we put different colored collars on each one and got ready to make the big decision. Well, at least I thought we were getting ready to decide. When I looked over at Jenny she had the blue collared pup (that’s her in the above photo) wrapped in her arms, and I knew my (our) decision had been made.

After talking to a few professional trainers it seems the best advice for picking a great pup is to study the parents and the parents’ parents. A good hunting bloodline is hard to deny. After that, it seems you’re just as likely to pick a good pup by closing your eyes and grabbing as you are by running through a battery of tests and trials.

Let’s hear how you chose your pup. Did the pup pee on your shoe? Lock up on point at a sparrow in the front yard? Or come right up and say “take me?”