It always helps to have the experiance of others to guide one through any rough spots they incounter. I look to when my son was a young boy and even now that hes an adult, even though he has proformed way past my expectations and is suucceding on his own. He still occasionaly needs advice or help. Heck I even ask him for his somtimes.
When guiding dogs thru the rigors of growing into prime hunters. I myself have always hunted and used more than one dog to help me.
Molly is the first tree dog I have ever had to train and guide thru without the help of another. As it is, all I can teach her is what I know. The rest is all her at this time.
I have rUn across those kind like VADAN had mentioned, that think there dog was to good or will be fowled up by a dog that in all actuallity was suppirior to the dog in question.
I once had a black and tan Called Black Jack that I co owned with my long time hunting buddy.
Black Jack was a pure money dog and could flat out put the meat or fur on table. He was silent on track and struck one time and the next time he barked he was treed. He was a Grade dog with no papers that came out of some crosses made by the Delongs in cass city Mich. He was the best dog you could find when the sport was for the fur and the pelts were high Price.
He was not for the guy who liked to hear the race and listen to them work.
We tried to hunt him in some night hunts a few time , entered as a grade dog and the fellas with the gr nght ch and all the titles refused to hunt with him. And just cryed the blues every time Black Jack was brought around.
Anyway my piont being is we ran him with our dogs . But also ran him alone and the others with out him. None of the other dogs ever ran silent, it just was not in the DNA to do so.
But even though this was not a trait to instill or teach a young dog that was expected to blow the leaves off every tree it passed . It did help a few pups to learn to check up when the sent was some what cold and not give themselve away to soon by striking and going into a full bowel mouth all the way to the tree a mile and a half away. That ablility learned, tended to help keep a closer tree in the end.
In reality there is a dog for everyone and each are satisfide with what they like about it. Im sure there is no absolutes when it comes down to it .
Being that all a dog learns is thru modifide behavior the question still stand and is the prefrance of the owners, towards an objective as to when and how this or any other behavior is modifide.
As a first time squirrel dog trainer and owner of a dog that will tree a squirrel and is just starting to figure it out but not quite to my liking. I will just out right say Thank you for the input.
I guess the question that started this should of been more direct and should of stated the point as, How do you know when a dog is all it can be as a hunter. Should you run with another dog to compare its ability and hope that in some way your dog may learn from the other dog.
Without something to compair it to. I can only weigh the experiance to what I know off coon hunting and I am almost sure that a squirrel is not as smart as a coon, not to say that it is any easyer to tree, it may Or maynot be. and I dont believe the size of the bag you take from hunting a dog cannot be all there is to make the measure.
So come on fellas lets here from the rest off you. How do you finish a squirrel dog out and how do you Know when you've done all you can. cause I need more advice before I square this up for myself.