See? That’s what I call a good squirrel dog, whether she barks or not. That’s what my squirrel dogs looked like at work. Actually, as far as I’m concerned, a dog that doesn’t bark makes the best squirrel dog because they won’t un-nerve the squirrel and make it run off through the tree-tops (something a raccoon usually can’t do, so barking hounds are desired to tell the hunter where they are). I want the squirrel to stay calm enough to stay in the tree and just watch the dog below, and eventually move into sight so I can get a shot.
Vladimir Beregovoy commented about that once. He doesn’t understand why American squirrel-dogs have to raise up against the tree, because it forces the squirrel to timber or further up into the crown where it’s more difficult to shoot.
He insisted if a dog bark treed, it should have all four feet planted on the ground in order to keep the game calm.