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Hound Dogs in Southern California and Hound Dog Training

Andrew Ledford your hound dog trainer 714-827-4058

Yes I like hounds and I do Hound Dog training in Southern California.

The training I do is for pet dogs and not hunting dogs. Although I do like going out to talk with the hunting hound dog groups in the area. I have also included a hound dog rescue video at the end of this article. The video give a little bit more information about a few of the different hound breeds.

Most positive reinforcement training research has been done with hound dogs. At least the early research mainly used beagles which is a scent hound bred for hunting rabbits.

Beagle Dog Training. Beagles are the most popular hound dogs I work with in the Southern California area.
Beagle Dog Training. Beagles are the most popular hound dogs I work with in the Southern California area.

Hound dogs have some peculiar behaviors that make them a challenge to train. Being scent oriented often makes this breed pay more attention to some good smell and not to the owner. It’s ideal if you can teach this breed to get off scent, on command. This will give you more control at a time when the dog is focused on something it finds highly rewarding.

All hound dogs even the Blood Hound has special traits that can make them more difficult to train than other dog breeds
All hound dogs even the Blood Hound has special traits that can make them more difficult to train than other dog breeds

Next I would over train the recall (come on command.) You should be able to get an orientation response using the dog’s name no matter what the dog is after or doing.

One of the most noticeable features of many hound dogs is their extra big ears.

Black And Tan Coon Hound With Big Ears
Black And Tan Coon Hound With Big Ears

Over the years I have had several different breeds of hound dogs. One of my best was a walker hound. That dog had a good deal of drive. I remember the night I was driving down a dirt road with that dog in the desert when I heard the first Gulf War had started. He was the darndest dog you’d ever seen. He had a great voice and made a good deal of racket when he got something treed. But during the spring and into the early summer he would kill a baby opossum every night and never make a peep. When we would go to clean the kennels in the morning there was always a dead opossum to great us in his run.

I have also had Blue Tick hounds and a Red Tick along with a Black and Tan Coon Hound and a Plott Hound.

I think the walker hound was the best out of all of these. But, because of his rather intense hunting drive he was also the most difficult to train.

Surprisingly from all that I have read, as Plott Hounds go, the one I had was easy to train. Plott Hounds were originally bred to hunt wild boars. It is my understanding that there are long eared and short eared Plott Hounds. Mine had short ears, no hunting drive, and zero aggression. She was a very sweet dog and made a good pet. You don’t see many Plott Hounds in Southern California.

The Black and Tan was in the middle and was a good dog who was moderately easy to train with a scent oriented personality and a bay to match the breed.

My other hounds were somewhat average run of the mill dogs. I got all of these dogs from one of the hound dog rescue groups or from the dog pound. Except for that Walker hound, he was given to by a guy who was moving.

I have included a short video I did about Hound Dog Rescue that first aired on Long Beach Public access Television.

Wishing you the best in dogs and in life,
Andrew Ledford
Southern California Dog training
714-827-4058

German Shorthaired Pointer Training and Temperament, Plus Rescue Video

I have had a couple of German Shorthaired Pointers (GSP) in my time. One was the most hyper dog I ever owned and the other was quit calm as German Shorthaired Pointers go.

German Shorthaired Pointer Playing
German Shorthaired Pointer Playing

German Shorthaired Pointers are great dogs that are a fairly new breed; they were developed in the 1800s. All the German Shorthaired Pointers I’ve owned and worked with have been very trainable. My fist Pointer was one of my best trained dogs. This breed is usually quite active and benefits from a good deal of exercise. As with all active or hyper dogs you may have a bit of a challenge with impulse control. However, with consistency and a little extra work this breed can become very reliable.

German Shorthaired Pointer Puppy
German Shorthaired Pointer Puppy

If I had a choice I would prefer getting a pet quality GSP from show lines as opposed to hunting lines. Being shown in dog shows is equivalent to undergoing a very mild temperament evaluation and tends to favor calmer dogs. Not that all show dogs are calm, but in general show dogs are bred to be calmer than hunting dogs.

GSP Puppy
GSP Puppy

The GSP is bred to hunt in one of two ways. The first is where hunting is done on horseback and these dogs tend to range farther afield. The second type of dog is bred for hunters on foot and they tend to stay in closer to the handler.

German Shorthaired Pointer Retrieving From Water
German Shorthaired Pointer Retrieving From Water

German Shorthaired Pointers are versatile game dogs and can be used to hunt game other than birds. They also tend to be fairly good watchdogs. My first GSP was good at letting us know when someone was approaching the house, although she was extremely friendly. My second pointer, the really calm one, was not such a good watch dog, but she was a wonderful dog overall. Both of these dogs came from the pound. The second dog was a rescue I trained and rehomed, she was a great pet, even for a first time dog owner. My first GSP was a handful and required quite a bit of training. I had my first GSP when I was in high school, so I had a lot of time to train her. She was a great dog, it just took a bit more work to get her under control.

GSP At The Park
GSP At The Park

It is believed German Shorthaired Pointers were created by breeding a descendant of Spanish Pointers with German hounds mixed with a dash of English Pointer. I plan on talking a little about German hounds in the next video post.

As with many breeds it’s desirable to have a GSP with dark eyes. I think there is a good reason that light eyes in the GSP are considered a fault. The most common coat color for German Shorthaired Pointers is liver and white or all liver. In this video you will see a dog with a black and white coat while not sanctioned by the American Kennel Club it is one of the colors found in the GSP.

Even though German Shorthaired Pointers do have short coats they shed a lot. I found my old dog’s hair in furniture and other places over 10 years after she passed away.

In this video the people from German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue talk about the breed’s traits and what kind of home they will best fit into. They also talk a little about some medical problems you may encounter with the breed.

I need to mention one trait that can lead to medical complication and that’s the German Shorthaired Pointers susceptibility to gastric torsion. Being a deep-chested and active breed can be a deadly combination. Dogs with these two traits are more susceptible to gastric torsion. Gastric torsion is where the stomach flips over and without immediate medical attention the dog will die. Instead of feeding one large meal a day I usually feed deep-chested dogs smaller amounts of food several times a day. Feeding smaller amounts of food helps avoid gastric torsion.

German Pointers are probably my favorite of the pointing breeds. However, out of all pointers I think Vizslas are probably the best choice for the average family.

Vizsla And German Shorthaired Pointer Puppies
Vizsla And German Shorthaired Pointer Puppies

If you need help teaching your pointer basic dog obedience and/or impulse control, for those overactive moments in life, please give me a call so I can get the necessary information to help make your dog the best that it can be.

Wishing you the best in dogs and the best in life,
Andrew Ledford
Southern California Dog training

Orange County Pet Expo Video

I now have a program on Long Beach Local Television called Dogs By Andrew. This is our first on the air dog show, however we have many shows to come. Most of the shows in the near future will be about the different breeds we met at the expo.

Andrew from OC Dog Training at the Pet Expo
Andrew from OC Dog Training at the Pet Expo

I am fascinated by the many dog breeds and they all have unique traits that at one time had a particular purpose. While the dogs of the past may have been working dogs, today’s dogs tend to be bred more and more for house pets.

I am wishing you the very best in dogs and in life,
Andrew Ledford

More Dog Beach Pictures

Here are a few more pictures from my dog beach excursion. I am always pleasantly suppressed by the wide variety to dog breeds one can see at Orange County’s favorite dog beach.

I found it interesting that many of the people I talked with at the beach had done some training with their dogs. It appeared that most of the people I encountered had done training with food.

Enjoy

Dogs On the Beach HB

Dogs On the Beach – HB

Bulldog on a Surf Board - HB

Bulldog on a Surf Board – HB

 

Bulldog with flying disc

Bulldog with flying disc

Malamute at Dog Beach in Huntington Beach

Malamute at Dog Beach in Huntington Beach

Dog riding in a basket at dog Beach

Dog riding in a basket at dog Beach

Golden Retriever climbing the cliff at Dog Beach

Golden Retriever climbing the cliff at Dog Beach

Schnauzer posing for the camera

Schnauzer posing for the camera

Rhodesian Ridgeback Posing for the camera at dog beach

Rhodesian Ridgeback Posing for the camera at dog beach

We'll end with a dog in the water and a girl on the beach

We’ll end with a dog in the water and a girl on the beach