So I got a Boykin

Core Lokt

Senior Member
His name is Milo and he will be 6 months on the 9th. Obedience is going great, doing that myself. I've always had labs so he is much higher strung than any other dog I have had.

Anyone else on here have one? He is loyal and wants to be with me at all times. I take him everywhere I go when not working. I mainly duck hunt but have never trained a dog to do so. don't have much access to dove fields. Trying to figure out if I want to hunt him or just be a pet. He was 28lbs at last vet check 2 weeks ago.

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SLY22

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Good looking Boykin!
Love my Boykin. He just turned 5 yo this past May. I upland hunt mine and he absolutely loves it.By far the best dog I've ever owned. He also does great retrieving ducks and doves.
 

GLS

Classic Southern Gentleman
Pretty pooch. You are on the right track. No reason he can't be used to hunt woodcock besides retrieve ducks. Being a pet and hunting dog aren't mutually exclusive. I've done that with my Brittanys for years. Gil
 

tmiller

Senior Member
I am convinced that they are the best dogs for hunting and for pets! Our Sadie is 4 and she is a hunting machine! She has hunted doves, quail, pheasants and ducks. I think by far her favorite is ducks (she has even tracked a few deer). She is UNBELIEVABLY smart! I just trained her to retrieve and obedience and she figured out the rest.
 

Core Lokt

Senior Member
I am convinced that they are the best dogs for hunting and for pets! Our Sadie is 4 and she is a hunting machine! She has hunted doves, quail, pheasants and ducks. I think by far her favorite is ducks (she has even tracked a few deer). She is UNBELIEVABLY smart! I just trained her to retrieve and obedience and she figured out the rest.
Cool. He is very smart and has a nose on him. Heck I hung one of those bird seed blocks the other day and the first time he went out after that I saw he threw his nose in the air and went straight to it and sat and stared at it LOL and it's 6-7' in the air on a tree.

I think we made a good choice and my wife has really fallen in love with him and she has never been a dog person.
 

tmiller

Senior Member
Cool. He is very smart and has a nose on him. Heck I hung one of those bird seed blocks the other day and the first time he went out after that I saw he threw his nose in the air and went straight to it and sat and stared at it LOL and it's 6-7' in the air on a tree.

I think we made a good choice and my wife has really fallen in love with him and she has never been a dog person.
We are convinced that she knows what we say and we have figured out how she communicates with us......I am telling you man these dogs are crazy smart! The biggest thing I had to learn is they thrive on positive reinforcement, and they do not do well when you get on to them when you are training. They will pout and shut down. The guy we bought her from said to just work with her every day for 15-20 minutes her first year and that's what I did and she has turned out fantastic!
 

NCMTNHunter

Senior Member
You have the dog and like to hunt. Hunt him! I don’t really duck hunt and never trained a retriever but I would think as long as a dog had good blind manners and would retrieve marked birds it would be enjoyable to hunt with. Anything on top of that would be icing on the cake! I’m sure there are some retriever guys around here that could get you going in the right direction.
 
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