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Sporting Dogs and Fatty Acids

Hiking across the parched cholla-choked Colorado prairie the other day toting my smoothbore, I was admiring my cover-dog setter gracefully maneuvering the prickly-pear and whatnot obstacles found in scaled quail country. Eyeballing the GPS, Gretchen had already covered 49 miles in a day and a half of prairie cruising add that distance to the past Read the Rest…

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Handlers, Dogs, Children…they’re all like an Electric Trolling Motor

Training dogs is a lot like raising children: You’ve got a great plan for a perfect world, but the world isn’t perfect. You’ve got to be able to adapt and change and be ready for whatever the field throws at you. Outdoor writer and guest blogger Tom Keer shares his recent reminder in patience and Read the Rest…

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5 Things Dog Trainers Do Best

Dog trainers are a one of kind. We all come from different backgrounds, careers, and experiences. We have different styles and beliefs about what we do, but still, there are a few things we all share. We all share some pretty awesome strengths. Here are some top 5 places where we shine: 5. Get Up Read the Rest…

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The Good in Good-Bye

What follows is the touching story of ProStaffer Lynne Frady’s final hunt with her long time friend, Nighty. Nighty was a part of Lynne’s life and the SportDOG family for 10 1/2 years. She will be greatly missed by all that had the opportunity to know her. It’s with a heavy heart that I write Read the Rest…

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And the Winners Are…

Our Companions for Conservation Contest has come to a close. Hundreds of entrants were narrowed to 9 finalists, and now 3 lucky children will be the proud new owners of a puppy trained by one of our Senior ProStaffers: Tom Dokken, Charlie Jurney, or Jim Morehouse. This contest was an emotional one for all of Read the Rest…

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5 Reasons You Need to Know About Our Conservation Fund

Right now you’re probably aware of the SportDOG Brand® Conservation Fund because we happen to be matching up 3 deserving young kids with a started puppy trained by one of our Senior ProStaff members: Tom Dokken, Charlie Jurney, or Jim Morehouse through our Companions for Conservation contest. But did you know that this is just Read the Rest…

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5 Reasons Your Child Needs a Hunting Dog

It should come as no surprise that we’d encourage everyone to have a dog. They’re kind of the basis of everything we do, and we love it. Most of us have had dogs since we were kids. Many of us would tell you that our dog was one of the best parts of childhood. That’s Read the Rest…

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Wetland ProStaffer Andy Fotenot enjoying a day in the field.

You and Your Hunting Dog: Growth Seasons

Well, it is September 1st, 2014 on a crisp Sunday morning I sit in my living room with plenty of thoughts going through my mind. In my neck of the woods (SW Washington) fall is in the air. Early goose season starts soon and duck season is right around the corner. As a professional trainer, Read the Rest…

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Meet the Trainers

Through our Companions for Conservation contest we hope to pair 3 deserving kids with a started puppy from one of our ProStaffers. A puppy in and of itself is a heck of a prize but getting a dog trained by one of the elite of dog training is the jackpot. Tom Dokken, Charlie Jurney and Read the Rest…

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Lynne's black lab, Nighty, working on sit and having fun with another dog in for training.

Sit Means What?

I have witnessed a lot of changes in dog training over the years, some good and some bad. One of the things that I have seen in recent years is the “sit” command has changed. When I began training “sit” meant sit. Simple, it meant for pup to place her hind quarters on the ground. Read the Rest…

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