I've fished with Setter's & Pointer's and they were all good dogs. The problem with game dogs is ......just that, they were bred to hunt and can be distracted easily by other animals. Don't get this wrong, I loved each of those dogs but now I have a German Shepherd. He is only interested in one thing, me. He never strays away, and he is watching me while I fish. Nothing can sneak up on me and he is very intelligent. Heck, they don't call them Police Dogs for nothing
But then I am very biased; I took this picture over my shoulder this past July while I was standing in a creek fishing. Boss was doing what he was supposed to be doing, watching.
The other dogs were great hunting dogs and I enjoyed them going along fishing but I could never really relax because I had to keep looking for them. Today I was fishing and when I got back to the truck I was taking down my rod when here came a fellow with about 20 sled dogs pulling him on a 4 wheeler. It's the time of year when the musher's are training their teams up North and this is how they run them. All those dogs, right through the parking area! When they saw Boss there was lots of barking as they streamed through but I said only one word, one time, stay. There he stood, watching the dog team pass within ten yards and he never flinched.
Before I loaded him into the back of the truck I had to sit on the tail gate and talk with him. I told him that he was the best dog I ever had and that not many could have stood for that. honest to God, this dog seems to understand the connection between events and my words.
Always there, always vigilant
I'll have a German Shepherd as long as I'm able to take care of one.