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Hello everyone. New to this site and fairly new to rabbit hunting. Have a 3 year old male. He will run his own rabbit and will run with a pack. He is always in the chase. Only problem i see with him is that he is never open very much. Does he just need run more by himself or what should I do? Thank you.
 

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Welcome to the site!! How long has he been running? He may just have a weak mouth and may not change. Maybe a confidence issue
He started at like 8 months old. If he says anything he will only yip. I've only heard him open up hard 1 time for like 3 barks when a rabbit ran across a field and he saw it. Then once he was on trail is was back to yips or no barking.
 

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He started at like 8 months old. If he says anything he will only yip. I've only heard him open up hard 1 time for like 3 barks when a rabbit ran across a field and he saw it. Then once he was on trail is was back to yips or no barking.
I had a few of my young dogs to do this very thing. This year alone it was three, two males, one female, I kept being downed about mouths on the pups. I was really sure someday they will open. Well I fed them track after track they all started opening at around eighteen months old and it was beautiful. Don't worry about your dog it will tell you sometime when he's ready.jmo
 

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I had a few of my young dogs to do this very thing. This year alone it was three, two males, one female, I kept being downed about mouths on the pups. I was really sure someday they will open. Well I fed them track after track they all started opening at around eighteen months old and it was beautiful. Don't worry about your dog it will tell you sometime when he's ready.jmo
He said he is now 3 yrs old but was started @8months.
Not sure how much you have ran him in the past 2 years but if he doesn’t bark on track and only yips then that’s just his voice and probably won’t change
 

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No I don't know the bloodline. I have seen a couple of dogs that were pretty tight with mouth, but if they were struggling to get through tough cover they would open up more. Solo running in tight cover seemed to help them open and then they didn't have issues even with company.
 

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Hello everyone. New to this site and fairly new to rabbit hunting. Have a 3 year old male. He will run his own rabbit and will run with a pack. He is always in the chase. Only problem i see with him is that he is never open very much. Does he just need run more by himself or what should I do? Thank you.
Do you keep a bark collar on him at home? A shock collar when running, if so he's afraid to bark or he will get shocked. JMO
 

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Do you keep a bark collar on him at home? A shock collar when running, if so he's afraid to bark or he will get shocked. JMO
He has a lot of mecham blood on his bottom side. Dont remember his top side without looking at his papers. Have a shock collar on while hunting, only his normal collar with a name plate with my contact indo at the house. I should have added that when he does bark at the house it is a full blown bawl, cant miss it. Thats what has me confused about him not barking while hunting him.
 

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Trevor, I have a female that has some similar breeding to some of the Meachum dogs that is very tight mouthed and will sometimes go a long way just yipping. She has a great big mouth when she opens up. I think it is just a genetic fault. Mine hunts very hard and jumps a lot of rabbits. It sounds like yours is even tighter than mine.
 

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Trevor, I have a female that has some similar breeding to some of the Meachum dogs that is very tight mouthed and will sometimes go a long way just yipping. She has a great big mouth when she opens up. I think it is just a genetic fault. Mine hunts very hard and jumps a lot of rabbits. It sounds like yours is even tighter than mine.
He does hunt very hard and I've had compliments on how hard he does hunt. Sounds like it could be a genetic thing maybe. Ill just keep pushing him and maybe he will come sround!
 

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Years ago my dad had one dog that’s all she did was yip,yip,yip she was like that her whole life , she ran her own rabbits and ran with the pack made no difference
... For some reason she just didn’t have that loud voice oddly as it was he always assumed something was wrong with her vocal cords or something we never ever heard a bark from her she lived to be up to 15 never ever barked once... I’d say it rare cause that only dog I’ve ever seen do it never seen another one it’s highly possible they were born with a vocal problem
 

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A friend had a female that he said wouldn't open when running. We worked her with my dogs and she never opened. I took her and ran her solo and with company, she never opened. Best she ever did was a little wimper or whine when she struck, but never opened. He gave her to his uncle. He kept her for 3 years and she never opened up. Ended up giving her away as house pet
 
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