I would think it may be like herding where dogs learn on easy stock before trying the rougher lot. With terriers some people start them out on rats or captured squirrels to get them used to the idea of going to ground or entering the tunnel (the animals are caged however, and ideally do not come in contact with the terrier). But I don't know since I don't hog hunt.
Leslie H wrote:I was curious as to the legality of the penned catching. Jen, this may have been before your involvement w/American Bulldogs, but there were a few busts courtesy of our good buddies John Goodwin and HSUS. I don't believe there were any convictions, but there were numbers of dogs confiscated and families disrupted.
I recall when the HSUS had a whole publicity thing about the horrors of penned catching and Hog Dog Rodeos (or something like that). I believe it was likened to dog fighting or baiting... I wonder if there is further info on this?
I just want to make it clear that while I do not oppose ethical hunting with dogs, I do understand why a rescue would be wary. The world of dogs as a livelihood is different than the pet dog world. Dogs can be disposable. Dogs can be in kennels or on tie outs for ridiculous amounts of time. Sometimes dogs are PTS instead of being treated. In my experience most people treat their dogs well and hunt ethically, but there is always going to be the crowd who screws it all up for the rest of us (just like the Pit Bull world).