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How To Pick Out a Puppy

Bill Gibson, Kennel Master at Mossy Oak GameKeeper Kennels


When it comes to picking out a puppy, the first thing to decide is which breed you want. Do some research on the breed or breeds you are interested in to make sure it will fit your lifestyle and to understand any health issues or temperament that particular breed has.

Once you’ve made your breed decision and when you choose a puppy from a litter, watch the litter as a whole and determine which puppies demonstrate traits that are desirable, especially for hunting puppies. 

Some things to look for when picking out a puppy from a litter are:

  • Does the puppy come to you? Obviously, you want a puppy that is friendly.
  • What is the puppy’s tail position? Too high indicates dominance and too low indicates submissiveness. Both traits make for a puppy that is hard to train. A puppy with its tail straight out is one to examine further.
  • Is the puppy licking its lips? Pick a pup that licks its lips, because this trait indicates a puppy that is easier to train.

Friendliness, straight out tail position and lip licking are what to look for when buying a puppy, especially one you wish to train as a hunting dog.

If you're looking for a good hunting dog or need puppy training tips, Mossy Oak GameKeeper Kennels offers tips on how to crate train a puppy and the best time to feed a hunting dog.

At Mossy Oak, our four-legged friends work, play and live outdoors with us. One of the most important decisions we will ever make is the food that we feed them. Nature's Menu provides natural wholesome energy and complete nutrition that active dogs need with a flavor that they absolutely love. Do your best friend a favor and pick up a bag at your local Dollar General, they'll let you know just how good it is.

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