I have a question for experienced BMH handlers.
Should a working BMH be penned similar to other working breeds i.e. springers or working fox hound/harrier breeds or does this breed work better if socialised within the family.
I do not own a BMH but have seen them work and today began thinking about the breed. I am very interested in finding out if some BMH handlers who have experience in both penning their dogs as well as keeping them in the family home discovered their dogs work better in the field depending on how they are housed.
One might think of a BMH coming fresh from a pen (with warm kennelling of course) when put on track, but the downside may be they are too fresh and excited, possibly overshooting tracks being too keen. While a BMH coming from a family home may be slightly mollycoddled and therefore given a harsh winter day may not perform to the optimum standard. Can we take it that each dog from each scenario is from working stock and trained in the appropriate manner so we can just concentrate on the housing issue not the qualities of handling from puppyhood to working dog.
so the question is penned BMH vs Housed BMH, which makes the better dog?