Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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Fox Hounds

cathy eising1

Just about one year ago, Cathy Eising wrote and asked Foxhunting Life if we could help with advice on how to raise her young "mostly foxhound" as a family dog in a suburban environment. She was especially concerned about whether or not she could curb its hunting instincts to the point where she could take it for long walks in the woods off the leash.

We submitted her question to our FHL Panel of Experts, the consensus of which cast some doubt on prospects for the achievement of Cathy’s goal, primarily because of the hound’s young age. Our Experts were right! Cathy has written to bring us up-to-date on her project:

“I’m not sure I would adopt another foxhound as family dog,” Cathy reports, “but I have learned much, stayed in good physical shape, and grown to appreciate the world of foxhunting.

“Although my first goal—having this animal walk off-leash and follow me in wooded areas—has not been achieved, much has been learned in the ongoing efforts to fulfill his energy and redirect his drives!

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# Denya Massey 2014-03-06 09:02
That is one lucky foxhound! He may not be able to fulfill his natural instincts to hunt, but then how many sheepdogs herd sheep?? How many terriers actually hunt underground? How many Newfies rescue drowning sailors? (This list could get long!)
Cathy's foxhound was fortunate to land an understanding mum who works creatively to make his life fulfilling and interesting, and who meets his needs as adapted to her environment. And she gets a fitness program that doesn't quit after New Year's has come and gone! Go Cathy!

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