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Getting a puppy / Re: How to choose a puppy
« on: Sep 24, 2019, 14:02 »
Great point. We have actually been advised to not do any hunting stuff (in the field) before 6 months as well as how much exercise pup should have (10 minutes for each month +10minutes) per day.

But you have a good point about being calm. I would like to look more into how to teach the pup to relax. If we end up taking the more energetic one, this might be a good thing to teach from the start. Can you direct me to any pages or other sources about this?

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Getting a puppy / Re: How to choose a puppy
« on: Sep 24, 2019, 11:54 »
Also I should mention I am pretty active (I run 3-4 times a week - 10km+/run), we also go on hikes and he hunts.

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Getting a puppy / How to choose a puppy
« on: Sep 24, 2019, 11:52 »
I have been struggling with this for two weeks now. I am getting a Small Munsterlander female puppy, but the problem is that I have two to choose from. Parents have papers and are both hunting dogs with very good pedigrees.

One puppy is very independent, doesn't really spend a lot of time with other pups, but is always at the side, exploring their playpen. She has lots of energy, will start to squirm soon after you start holding her (unless she is tired, then she'll snuggle and sleep). She isnt overly dominant. Breeder said she will be motivated with excercise instead of food.
Second one is the heaviest of all girls (and same or almost the same as boys) and is always relaxed and calm. She will be the first to start eating and is not dominant (all pups dominate her). Breeder said she will be motivated with food.

I am leaning toward the first puppy but am a bit worried that she would  be too energetic or that she'd be stubborn and rather explore than listen to me. Second one is a bit more interestingly coloured, but I am concerned with her calmness. We are looking for a hunting dog (but also a family pet) and breeder assured me all pups will be good hunters.

How do I choose? I used to have a dog (shepherdxhusky mix) who was very stubborn and rarely made eye contact, so I do not wish to repeat the experience.

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Dog foods / Kibble vs cold pressed pellets
« on: Sep 23, 2019, 19:41 »
Hi,
I am deciding between kibble (Orijen, Acana, Instinct) or cold pressed pellets. What is better? Pros and cons of each one? I would be suplementing with raw also.

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