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Old 02-15-2012, 01:02 PM   #1
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Default Soon to Be New Dog Owner/GSP

My husband and I are getting a male GSP puppy here in the middle of March and I have been trying to do my homework. My husband has had dogs all his life (all of them have been house dogs and adopted after 7 months old), but I have never had a dog. I am just looking for some advice and tips from everyone... We are very excited for the day to take our puppy home.

Also, this will be the first time for my husband to have a hunting dog. For all the hunters what tips and tricks do you have. What are some MUST products to get when training your pointer for hunting? Do you have a collar for your dog if so what brand and do you have a GPS kind like Garmin?

Any words from the wise would be great!

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Welcome ulinemm, glad to have you join us :-) Congratulations on your 'expected new addition". We have some owners of GSP's who I am sure will be very helpful to you. Applesmom is a "resident expert" :-)
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Welcome to the forum! I can't wait to see some pictures of your new pup!

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Welcome to the forums!

I LOVE GSPs! My Macey is a Lab/GSP mix.

Be prepared for tons of energy. If you don't find 'good' things to occupy his mind with he'll find 'bad' things to keep him busy. LOL

Even at 8 years of age, Macey has more than sufficient energy. She's more energetic than my parent's Lab who is a year younger than her.
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Hi there, can't wait to see pictures of your pup!

Assuming that the pup comes from working parents; your most valuable source for help and advice in raising and training him will be the breeder. Another excellent source would be your local GSP or hunting dog club. These clubs usually hold regular training sessions. It's a great opportunity to meet other hunting dog enthusiasts and there's always some one willing to help newcomers to the breed. It's also an excellent way to observe different types of training methods. These clubs are also a good source for purchasing birds which you'll need once the actual bird training begins. We raised our own homing pigeons for training our young dogs but many trainers purchase their birds from outside sources.


You won't need a lot of equipment with a young pup. A regular collar will work just fine. As the training progresses, and you start him in field training you will also need a check cord. You can make your own or they can be ordered from one of the many hunting dog supplies websites. You'll also need a dog whistle. (Not a silent whistle.) You shouldn't need a GPS for a well trained foot handled, medium to close range hunting dog. A good supply of tennis balls is always good to have on hand for simple and easy retreiver training, which can begin as soon as the little guy comes home and is completely settled in.

I'm assuming that you've done thorough research on the breed and understand that a GSP pup is not a pup that should be left alone for hours at a time due to their high energy levels. Training a GSP from puppyhood on can be a delightful experience and create a lifetime bond with the entire family! But they can also be a nightmare if that energy is not carefully channeled.

Good luck with your pup, Be careful though! It's a proven fact that most GSP owners can't seem to stop at just one!
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Thanks for the advice My husband and I found it helpful. Today we found out which puppy was ours....now all we do is wait. I think that is the hardest part. haha


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Aaaaaaww, puppy!

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Did the breeder assign you a pup or did you get a say in which one you'd like?

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