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 Post subject: Blue in a Bay Pen??
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:20 am 
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I posted this in Camo's thread but would really appreciate some more feedback.

I have been thinking of getting blue in a pen; not so much because I'm interested in him hunting hogs but because he is likely to run into hogs at anytime and it seems a bay pen would be a good place to let him learn how to handle himself so he wouldn't be so likely to get hurt in the wild.

Is this a good philosophy and at what age should I do it?


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 Post subject: Re: Blue in a Bay Pen??
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:21 am 
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Julie had this to say which makes sense and really got me to thinking:

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As for Blue, I'm a little torn. Part of me says yes, knowing how to deal with a hog certainly can't hurt. That's essentially what Mike and Mis did with Lucy, and I think all of us feel better knowing she'll protect Betty if they come across a pig on their walks. On the other hand, the safest thing for a lone dog to do when faced with a hog is not antagonize it and let it run the other way. Teaching Blue to be combative could lead to him being overly confident and tangling with a boar you'd rather he leave alone. So I'd be interested to hear other opinions.


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 Post subject: Re: Blue in a Bay Pen??
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:15 am 
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I think once you put a Lacy in the bay pen, he'll always be looking for a hog! :)) It's in their blood. I think he'll be hooked if you train him to bay.

Hogs are almost always gonna run the other way when they see a dog. If Blue doesn't chase then the problem is solved. If Blue knows what a hog is and wants it, then you've got a problem. I don't think it's a good idea to train him to recognize a hog as something he should be hunting unless you want him to hunt it.

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 Post subject: Re: Blue in a Bay Pen??
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Considering that he has already found and bayed a hog out of curiosity and instinct, teaching technique and respect can't hurt. The only other option is trash breaking off hogs which could interfere with your tracking endevors. On the other hand, repeated sucessful tracks should teach him to stay focussed on the task at hand.

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