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Hunting & Fishing

Training a New Hunting Puppy

June 23, 2016


I recently (2 days ago) made a very major purchase. I have no buyers remorse and hope that continues even though at some point I’m sure there will be some disappointment. But that goes with all new pups. I have always loved the Boykin Spaniel and finally got one of my own. He is my riding buddy and walking partner. He loves his stuffed duck and only gets a little too nosy every now and then. As with every purchase and in most every facet of life, careful planning and attention is critical. I am a bird hunting enthusiast—especially ducks. (See Off-Season Tips For Duck Hunting.)  “Start-em-young” is a saying that many people will recognize. I have done just that. Bedtime is just a saying as well and I don’t believe he would agree with it.  Kenneltime is more appropriate. No getting on furniture. But don’t start to think he’s not spoiled…that’s the furthest from the truth.  At almost 9 weeks I am very happy with his progress. And hope that continues! A very smart pup learns from everything. I know he is “training” me just as much. And it’s this bond that is the absolute most important in a gun dog. The eagerness to please and desire for one more chance. Just five extra minutes of playing and one extra cuddle. A firm pop and “NO” to set him straight. A set schedule for feeding and a set pattern for pottytraining.  I know he’s not perfect…but he’s perfect for me.  Follow @nalandsc on Instagram for some puppy pics to brighten your day every once-in-awhile…along with some great listings and beautiful South Carolina Property.

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About the Author
Nicholas Ardis is a Land Professional for National Land Realty based out of our Columbia, SC office. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a double-major in both Finance and Global Supply Chain/Operations Management. Nicholas currently lives in Columbia, SC near the USC campus. He spends most of his time outdoors - hunting, fishing, and playing sports with friends. Nicholas is a people person, loves being on or near the water, and is an avid South Carolina fan. View Nicholas's Listings and Reviews on