Keeping and Care


On principle you can keep the German Hunting Terrier both in the house or in a kennel. Originally we had decided for a "mix", as he normally is not a house dog, but he also needs its  herd. Today we just have him in the house. Read more about our changed attitude below. Of course you can't use a kennel for leaving the dog alone there for the whole day. The daily leading out ( 4 times ) is indispensable, no matter whether the dog is kept in the house or in the kennel. 
After having had  the bathroom two times nearly totally under water, we don't bath him anymore. As he often goes swimming, we think this is sufficient. Of course we brush him very often, as he loses lots of hairs.  As he is in the wood nearly each day, in summer you have to give him something against ticks. We made good experiences with Exspot. Furthermore he gets some dewormer 4 times a year. 

Oskar only gets  dry food but not at a fixed time.
Sometimes he also gets pieces of bred, cheese or sausages, but no rests from the meal. (2005)



Four years with Oskar ( Deutscher Jagdterrier )

 When we got Oskar in 1996 we had a wrong attitude regarding how to keep a
hunting dog. With having erected a kennel in the garden, we assumed to
be prepared for our first dog. Ha Ha!!! We got little Oskar and put him
in the kennel. Of course we had him out 4 or 5 times a day but the rest
of his time he was alone in the kennel. From the first moment Oskar was
very versatile and vivacious dog. He ran away whenever he had the chance
to, chased cats, other dogs and cars (!).

I remember a funny story:
When Oskar was a puppy one night, just in the moment, when my husband
put him in the kennel he ran away. It was late and dark, we were calling
for him, but no Oskar. As we live on the end of the village, the fields
begin right behind our house. So we assumed that he was "out for
hunting" somewhere in the fields and there we were looking for him with
electric torches. No success. When we got back home we saw some young
people still having a party outside the room where they normally meet.
We decided to ask them if they had seen our dog. And what do you think
who we found there between all the young people and the loud
music ? Our Oskar ! He felt very well there, having all the attention on
him and was not interested to go home with us. But he had to.

At that time I absolutely refused to have Oskar in the house, as I was
thinking because of his liveliness he would destroy everything in the
house. O.k. time went by and Oskar accompanied my husband to the hunting
ground whenever he went there. From the first moment Oskar had a
distinctive hunting instinct and his way of hunting was a bit
"headless". He hunted nearly everything and I remember very well his
first "fox hunt" .It didn't took place during hunting, no it took place
during a normal walk through the fields here. The fox was in a corn
field, nobody noticed it besides Oskar. Look at the picture and you see
the result of Oskars "headless" hunting. The fox bit him several times
in his face but after having consulted the veterinarian and  having
provided his wounds, Oskar was springing through the garden as if there
never had happened anything. As we were interested how the fox looked
like, Gerd informed the leaser of the local hunting ground and both
including Oskar ( in spite of all his wounds Oskar was ready for a new
hunt right away) were searching for the fox, but didn't find him. So we
will never know, how Oskar's first fox hunt went out for the fox!!!!!!

Time went by and Gerd taught Oskar to hunt on his command and more with
his head. At that time we all three were not satisfied anymore with
having Oskar only in the kennel. We had the feeling, Oskar needed us
around him all the time when we were at home to learn from us and to
adapt to our way of life. So we tried to have him in the house at times,
and we were astonished how easy it was. He didn't damage or destroy
anything, he was just laying somewhere, most of the time sleeping. Today
after nearly four years, we have Oskar in the house all the time ( also
when we are not at home ), and it works great.

Oskar is much more well-balanced and he got a great hunting dog who
hunts on command and with his head. In my opinion a proof for this is
the following: When we walk with him here in the surrounding, where Gerd
and Oskar are not allowed to hunt ( just for your understanding:  it's
even allowed for the leaser of the local hunting ground to shoot a
strange dog who hunts in his hunting ground ) we can walk very close to
the wood here, Oskar stays with us without being in the leash, he just
takes a look into the wood but won't go  hunting, that's what I
mean with hunting on command.

The only thing, Gerd was not able to teach Oskar yet, is to give up
chasing cats and neighbor dogs...:-)  ! In my opinion as a result of the
kennel keeping Oskar got very aggressive against every other animal
approaching the kennel ( we don't have a fence around the garden ). As
the German Jagdterrier is a very proud dog he must have felt like an
idiot, seeing other dogs approaching the kennel, where he was in, having
no chance to protect "his area". You see keeping a dog ( no matter
whether a hunting dog or another one ) is a process of constant learning
and is subject to changes . Today I would recommend everyone, having his
dog in the house and this is at least because of Sharon Jones who supported
and strengthened my changed attitude in regards to keeping a hunting
dog. (2005)
 

The kennel


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