Etiquette For Visiting Hound Kennels

Bruce Gabrielson - September 2001

I've had a lot of problems over the years with visitors to my kennels. They visit at all hours of the day and night expecting to watch hounds run, even when I don't have anything for sale. When I do have something, they waist my time telling me they want a certain type of hound, then can't make up their mind and want to keep looking even when they don't have the money to buy anything at all. These people are very confused and I usually prefer they not come to my place. I particularly do not want the Waldorf Amish crew over here as they want a whole lot different hound then the majority of gundog folks do, and have their own view of breeding and performance criteria. I don't run a "trained hounds for sale" type kennel and only have limited numbers of hounds available every year. My primary kennel activity is training hunting and field trial hounds for others. Therefore, I've decided to put the following into writing and hope that it gets read before the next hunter visits to buy a dog. This is what I've come up with for visiting/training rules based on the experiences I've had. You might not like what your read, but I have plenty of work already and don't need additional problems.

I don't want to sound too uptight but the visitors and those wanting pups started have gotten out of hand. I try to run hounds in the mornings and evenings. All age hounds are worked individually on the grounds and after two or three are run, the rabbits start to hide and sometimes can't be found until the next day.