The manner in which a dog is breed will directly effect his or her hunting performance. For instance hounds are slower, they have cold noses and open on track, some are semi- open when trailing. Hounds are good for large environments where the hogs are difficult to find. Cur dogs are a very fast pace breed. Cur dogs have good wind noses and can usually catch a scent that has been present for 2 to 6 hours. Where a hound has a nose that can pick up a scent that has been present within 10 to 15 hours and can track and run it. Most Cur dog breeds have hot noses when it comes to trailing. Straight Cur breeds seem to be allot rougher than hounds when it comes to actually catching a hog.
The training session starts with an assessment of the skill level of the dog. We will not waste your time on a dog that does not have the desire to hunt or run a hog. We should know within the first week if the dog is capable of becoming a true hog dog or not. If, by chance, your dog doesn't show any interest in hog hunting by the end of the first week you will be refunded part of your deposit and/or the rest of the month payment and your dog will be returned to you.
The dogs will be learning to smell, find and position themselves around the hog in a wooded bay pen. Nothing to rough since the dogs are trying to learn respect gradually. The point is not to break the dog so fast that they lose their spirit.
Once the dog is independently finding hogs in the wooded bay pen, then there will be introduction of other dogs one at a time. They will work with other dogs while baying a hog that is size appropriate. The dogs learn team work. Training socialization so the dog hunts no matter what other dogs are present and doing. Forth Phase
Training dog independence. Sessions in an wooded bay pen on his own hog of an appropriate level. The dog is taught independence and teach the dog to strike instead of follow. Assessments of the dog are done on the method of finding and striking, so that advancements in independence is supported. . The dog is sent others dogs one at a time to flow back into team work. Your dog at this point will still know he started that bay on his own but he must work together in the pack to accomplish the goal.