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Registered: Feb 2012
Location: Harleton Texas
Originally posted by Richard Lambert
Here is a history lesson for all of the youngsters. Mr Conkey knows exactly what happened.
The loaners came about because so much tree was bred into dogs, they just treed up every tree in the woods. Since they were pack dogs, if one dog looked up a tree they all just locked down. Some say that it came to a head or maybe was just blamed on Rat Attack.
Some breeders (Barry Kiddy) had enough of this so they started developing and breeding dogs that were independant, accurate and would not tree with the others who were usually slick.
This took some time. It didn't happen in 5 or 10 years. These dogs have evolved into today's deep and alone dogs. It seems that when we try to change or "better" our dogs, we don't know where to stop. And if a certain style of dog starts winning, everyone jumps on board.
There are very very few natural loaners around . Ive seen only a couple that are natural loaners . Im sure everyone will chime up about all these loaners . The truth is if people start their pups and get them all running and treeing they then spend the rest of their time setting them up to stop them from covering / backing . Its going against nature . Hounds are pack animals . Not to say they aren't independent when they get their own track going . Dogs or the better ones would always split tree and hold pressure. I believe the loaner dogs out there , 90 % of them are man made , all in how you train them . Most started out following their momma or an old pup trainer . I could be wrong but don't think so . The loaner dog craze around here started around early 2000's . I first started seeing the guys setting their dogs up around 2008 . There is one dog around here that's a natural loaner . Combs Wheeler . quite a few of his pups are or have loaner traits and can be easily persuaded to be loaners . no one likes their hound to quit and run 600 yards to back another hound but most of the se loaners are trained that way and in the near future we wont have woods to hold them
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