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Stupid question about hide (blind)

 
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Apr 17, 2013 16:02 |  #1

Still waiting for my 300/f4 L IS to start off my wildlife journey. I have a rather stupid question tho, I work nights from around 2am to 5am and have a dog (chihuahua) at home. I wonder if it would be possible to get a rather big hide and take my dog with me when I wanna get out in the wild and shoot? I don't want to leave him home when I will be out for several hours like every day doing photography.


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Apr 18, 2013 19:10 |  #2

I would say it depends on what you want to shoot and the temperament of the dog. I personally would not suggest it, we as humans tend to have strong sent smells, let alone bringing a dog, that most animals would consider a predator. You also have to ask, would your dog need to defacate or urinate during the time in the blind? If so, are you going to have it do it in the blind? Or are you going to get out and disturb the animals you are trying to photography? Not to mention, the scent may drive off the other animals. Also, since it is a Chihuahua, is it quiet or is a "yipper" that any little noise sets it off.

Generally, I think you get where I am going. If you want to shoot wild animals from a blind, I probably would not suggest bringing a dog along.

My two cents worth.


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Apr 18, 2013 20:36 |  #3

sweetlu60 wrote in post #15843187 (external link)
I would say it depends on what you want to shoot and the temperament of the dog. I personally would not suggest it, we as humans tend to have strong sent smells, let alone bringing a dog, that most animals would consider a predator. You also have to ask, would your dog need to defacate or urinate during the time in the blind? If so, are you going to have it do it in the blind? Or are you going to get out and disturb the animals you are trying to photography? Not to mention, the scent may drive off the other animals. Also, since it is a Chihuahua, is it quiet or is a "yipper" that any little noise sets it off.

Generally, I think you get where I am going. If you want to shoot wild animals from a blind, I probably would not suggest bringing a dog along.

My two cents worth.

This would be my feelings too. I have never felt that dogs and birding go together. However, only you know the temperament of your dog. One more thought though, how much attention will your dog want? If you are watching for potential subjects, will it get bored just sitting there and want your attention, causing it to try and get it by making noise or jumping around? If you need to pay it attention to keep it happy, you may miss spotting something interesting outside the blind.

The only way to know for sure, would be to try it I suppose.




  
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Apr 19, 2013 00:18 |  #4

sweetlu60 wrote in post #15843187 (external link)
I would say it depends on what you want to shoot and the temperament of the dog. I personally would not suggest it, we as humans tend to have strong sent smells, let alone bringing a dog, that most animals would consider a predator. You also have to ask, would your dog need to defacate or urinate during the time in the blind? If so, are you going to have it do it in the blind? Or are you going to get out and disturb the animals you are trying to photography? Not to mention, the scent may drive off the other animals. Also, since it is a Chihuahua, is it quiet or is a "yipper" that any little noise sets it off.

Generally, I think you get where I am going. If you want to shoot wild animals from a blind, I probably would not suggest bringing a dog along.

My two cents worth.

My dog is well trained and does not bark at anything, but yes he can get a little twitchy sometimes when not getting attention. But I plan on bringing his bed with me and some of his favourite toys, he can chew on them for hours.


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Apr 19, 2013 05:37 |  #5

Well, you're going to see a lot more wildlife sitting in a hide with your dog than you would sitting at home with your dog.


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Apr 20, 2013 19:10 as a reply to  @ hollis_f's post |  #6

Best leave him behind. Hunters never take dogs with unless they're hunting dogs. Scent is very important. Of course, if you're trying to bait the wildlife in, well.....just kidding :rolleyes:


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Apr 20, 2013 19:47 as a reply to  @ flet4141's post |  #7

I take 1 of my dogs with me in the blind a lot, but then I shoot birds which have notorious weak olfactory senses. Give it a try for a time or 2 and if you feel like there's a negative effect of having him there then make other plans.


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Apr 21, 2013 09:15 |  #8

If you do decide to take your dog avoid doing it in hot weather, the cloth blinds get extremely hot inside.


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Nov 25, 2013 11:08 |  #9

hollis_f wrote in post #15844422 (external link)
Well, you're going to see a lot more wildlife sitting in a hide with your dog than you would sitting at home with your dog.

Great advice.

I use a pop-up blind for photographing birds in my back yard, or sometimes I'll set one up near a wetland where I have permission. Having a small dog in there with me would be no issues as long as it was silent. Look into getting a pop-up blind then bring them with you.


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