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    Housing a Bavarian mountain hound?

    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronan View Post
    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?

    Kennelled during the day, with family at night. That was the solution to having my bitch happy.

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    Not a BMH owner, but I echo the above in.general. When somebody's at home my dogs have the run of house and garden, including sofa privileges. I think my bitch especially benefits from this, being really closely bonded with me (will shun the wife to come and be next to me instead) When we're out the dogs are kennelled which keeps their coats used to the cold during winter and prevents any temptation for the "dogs to play while the boss is away". Having them used to the kennel is great as well for visitors, etc who may not welcome a wet nose in the earhole so enthusiastically as I do!
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    Keeping them in kennels or in the house makes no difference. Its the training that makes the dog.

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    Housed for me
    The dog is with me all day, so I get to know its behaviour, reactions and body talk...
    At night, after spending the afternoon with the family, but on its own bed, not on our sofa, it goes down and sleeps in the office...
    People's hobbies are more their measure's than are their jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSimon View Post
    Not a BMH owner, but I echo the above in.general. When somebody's at home my dogs have the run of house and garden, including sofa privileges. I think my bitch especially benefits from this, being really closely bonded with me (will shun the wife to come and be next to me instead) When we're out the dogs are kennelled which keeps their coats used to the cold during winter and prevents any temptation for the "dogs to play while the boss is away". Having them used to the kennel is great as well for visitors, etc who may not welcome a wet nose in the earhole so enthusiastically as I do!
    What do you mean some people don't like a wet nose in the ear?! You need to get a better class of house guest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Co1 View Post
    What do you mean some people don't like a wet nose in the ear?! You need to get a better class of house guest!
    You misunderstand me, Sir, it's the guests that go in the kennel
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildboar1973 View Post
    Housed for me
    The dog is with me all day, so I get to know its behaviour, reactions and body talk...
    At night, after spending the afternoon with the family, but on its own bed, not on our sofa, it goes down and sleeps in the office...
    Mine are exactly same as above. ��

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronan View Post
    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?
    After reading you post again here are my views, in my almost 10years of working the BGS, a housed dog in my opinion is better.

    My puppy Heidi is from excellent working stock, she is housed and is 100% devoted to me, we are a team you only get that bond by spending time both working and pleasure, Heidi will track to Timbuktu if I command it!

    The bgs is bred for work, it's what they do and if that bond is there they will track to hell and back to please you and maybe is the bond is really strong may even save your life.

    i know of several trackers in Germany who track boar and have had their dogs attack a charging wounded boar because it is heading for their master and in worse case sinarios it has cost them their lives.
    Last edited by leec6.5; 17-03-2016 at 20:19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSimon View Post
    You misunderstand me, Sir, it's the guests that go in the kennel
    That makes more sense!

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