Yup. That's the way to do it: Have the dog as a pet and as a hunting companion. You will bond and also have greater success in the field. It's worked every time I've tried it. By the way the GSP is a fantastic breed. I had one thirty-five years ago, and that dog could do any and everything (fantastic hunter, great pet, and a wonderful guard dog). He wasn't solid liver, but I didn't have a choice (traded a worn out 10 speed for him), but if I had had a choice in color, solid liver it would have been. By the way, everybody loved him!
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