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When you aspire to mediocrity, it is difficult to keep a good hound on the end of your lead.

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When you aspire to mediocrity, it is difficult to keep a good hound on the end of your lead.




And somtimes when you go with somebodyís brag dog you find out yours ainít as mediocre as you thought lol.


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I don't aspire for mediocrity, but with over 50 years of owning dogs and only having 3 dogs that I consider to be outstanding coon dogs, I have come to realize that good enough is more than enough for anyone. Some say they have owned a bunch of outstanding or great dogs, I say they they are either the luckiest person around or their standards are not as high as mine. I have always tried to own and hunt the best dogs I could find, not always successful. I have tried what others considered to be outstanding coon dogs that I considered very average at best. One outstanding dog will show anyone what a truly great dog can do, it will spoil you in the process. I am getting old enough that I really don't need an outstanding dog, all I would do is let it waste. I just want a dog good enough to make me enjoy coonhunting , it does not have to be great, just good enough most of the time. I think Cory Highfill said it best in his post, good enough to get the job done, anything else is just icing on the cake. Finding a good dog is not as hard as finding one that is great and not everyone will ever see, much less own a great dog. Dave

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Its taken me all of my 40 years to adjust to mediocrity, or become satisfied. These days, I've got a satisfying job, truck, dogs, and life in general- and that's good enough.
I way outkicked my coverage on my family, and above average in that department is pretty satisfying too.
Coming to the realization that good enough is good enough in the dog department has allowed me to dedictate to some things that are way, way more important. It keeps me from chasing perfection, but it also keeps me dialed in on the real stuff.



Right there with ya Mr Highfill! Once I got to that point I've found I enjoy the hunt and the hounds that much more. At the end of the day all any hound really has to do is please,the person holding the other end of his/her leash and it's a winner to the most important person in his/her life..........the one that feeds it and takes it to the woods!

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There are so many things to consider in a dog, what suits one man may not suit another man. Heck, even what suits one man changes over time and that's okay. I used to want my dogs to get treed somewhere every drop. Now, I prefer they hunt and tree close or not at all. I have no desire to hunt the very type of dog that used to suit me, age changes things. I still love tree dogs, just want closer hunting dogs these days. Hunt what you like not what someone else likes. Dave

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A few months ago I was 100% satisfied. I had one that knocked a hole in the dark every single time you cut him loose and had one thing on his mind. A dog that at times was sort of a freak of nature but now Iím back to the drawing board and Iím sure it will be a while before Iím satisfied again.

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[B]Most people that hunt are good all around people but they are not dog trainers if you have never been satisfied with the dogs you hunt it is because you don't know how to train a lot of people talk about the dog of a lifetime with the knowledge of a good trainer and a good breeding program you'll have several dogs of a so-called life time I'm a young man and I have trained multiple multiple good hounds. I will throw this in the best dogs I have hunted and train were raised in the house you must have a good handle on them take your dog to town take him to Walmart take him to local shows . I truly can't understand when I see post from guys that say they've only had two or three dogs of a lifetime!




Case in point, you're used to good dogs, probably not great dogs. Now if you took all the best traits from your current and past dogs and combined them would it not be a better dog than what you're currently snapping your lead on? Not to discredit you or your dogs but the dogs being talked about can tree coons that the avg dog can't. I've got a buddy that thought his dog just about walked on water before he went hunting with my old n senile female. She can consistently tree 2 coons to his 1. She's far from perfect but I'm satisfied with her because she's extremely consistent.

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And somtimes when you go with somebodyís brag dog you find out yours ainít as mediocre as you thought lol.


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[QUOTE]Originally posted by H DOG
[B]Most people that hunt are good all around people but they are not dog trainers if you have never been satisfied with the dogs you hunt it is because you don't know how to train a lot of people talk about the dog of a lifetime with the knowledge of a good trainer and a good breeding program you'll have several dogs of a so-called life time I'm a young man and I have trained multiple multiple good hounds. I will throw this in the best dogs I have hunted and train were raised in the house you must have a good handle on them take your dog to town take him to Walmart take him to local shows . I truly can't understand when I see post from guys that say they've only had two or three dogs of a lifetime!

In a good breeding program with the very best dogs getting bred when needed we can have a yard full of excellent hunting dogs...some could...or would call some of these dogs once in a lifetime dogs...and they are good to the point that they do an excellent job day in and day out...but they are only excellent hunting dogs...

I had these type of dogs and I also had a once in a lifetime dog...and I consider myself very lucky to have had that one and even better that he was born in my back yard...

I had heard about once in a lifetime dogs and horses every once in a while and so I read up all I could find on the subject because I was trying to figure out the difference between once in a lifetime dogs and great dogs...it was hard to describe the difference because great dogs arenít slouches either...and it took me many years to finally find the answer which it just popped in my head one day...the difference between great dogs and once in a lifetime dogs is brain power...for me that is it...nothing can ever change my mind on that...
Just like there are many great race horses...but there is only one Secretariat...

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You are a dog man with tons of knowledge, I enjoy your posts. I can tell pretty quick if someone knows what they are talking about and you are the real deal. I have only seen 3 dogs that I called exceptional coon dogs and everyone of them was extremely smart, uncanny smart. I laugh when someone says they have had multiply exceptional coon dogs, their measuring stick must be different than mine. I have seen several really good dogs, but exceptional is rare in my book. The best coondog I have ever seen was smarter than some people I have seen, he was exceptional in every way. Dave

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Thank you Dave...you do as well...

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