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Registered: Jan 2016
I don't really think the way a hound hunts is effected that much by wether it likes you or not. That being said, you can definitely see the effects on a hound that has been either abused or handeled by someone with a heavy hand when the dog is around the handler/owner. That being said, I know that many hounds will take while to adjust to a different owner/handler. It seems to take some awhile to establish a confidence in someone different. Every hound is different just like people are.
From my perspective those who can only enjoy a good hound when it's being hunted miss out on easily 65% of the joy in having a hound or more than one hound. My wife will often ask me on weekends or time off from work how many trips I made to the dog pens that day. I just really enjoy caring for them, patting them up, checking them over for health issues, just sitting in the dog yard, etc. I have a camp near the Canadian border and when I'm up there if I've not run them they get walked twice a day for 30-40 mins. At home I have a good sized exercise yard so they get let out twice a day for at least 20 mins. each time.
Many I think view their hunting dogs as they would a gun or a hammer or a wrench, just another tool to get a job done. Mine are part of the family. They do have to perform in the woods though. If they don't I find a place for them where I'm confident they'll be taken care of and not be abused.
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