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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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How Do I Win A Free Started Puppy? Companions for Conservation FAQs

What exactly is the Companions for Conservation Contest? Every year our Conservation Fund completes a contest to raise awareness and funds for important conservation goals. This year, we chose to focus on raising awareness of the importance of youth in our sport and the role of dogs in responsible hunting practices. We thought the best Read the Rest…

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Water spigot on the simple system Bob created.

Simple Trick to Keeping Your Dog Hydrated When Hunting

Conditioning and hunting dogs in the hot months of summer and early season requires that we are careful about hydration. No doubt about it, my dogs will drink from the nastiest mud puddle in the field, but I prefer that they do not. Stagnant water in the field could carry germs and disease that I Read the Rest…

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How You Helped Build TEK 2.0

Hunting season is upon us. Excitement is high for the whole hunting community, but we’d bet no one is quite as pumped as we are about what’s coming this season. TEK 2.0 will be hitting retailers near you this season! It’s hard to fully express how excited we are about this product. We’ve poured our Read the Rest…

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Lance's setter Roxy showing some style in her TEK 2.0.

Field Testing is the Best Part – Development of TEK 2.0

Vice President Lance Tracy was one of the first field testers for our new TEK 2.0 GPS TRACKING+E-COLLAR TRAINING SYSTEM. Lance put the system through the paces several times last season. He took some time to share his experience on our latest and greatest: The best part of being Vice President of SportDOG Brand® products Read the Rest…

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Be ready for the field on Opening Day.

Season is Coming – A Checklist for Opening Day

The most anticipated time of the year is upon us…Opening Day! As you and your hunting buddies plan the first big trip, it’s important to make sure you’re fully ready for what lies ahead. There’s nothing worse than getting out in the field and realizing you’re missing equipment, something got damaged in storage, or worse, Read the Rest…

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SportDOG ProStaffer Lynne Frady.

The Evolution of Dog Training: Communication is Key

When I started training I was young and green, there were not many training groups in my area to work with, just a few older gentlemen that got together once a month to train. I can’t complain because they welcomed a snot-nosed girl to train with them and I did learn a lot. The men Read the Rest…

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Tom's daughter Morgan with her setter, Albert.

Working with Different Dogs

I’m a setter man. I’ve owned Irish setters and English setters, and some day I’ll probably own a Gordon setter. I like the way they hunt with their heads held high, their energy, and their biddable natures. Setters like people, and even better than that they like having a job to do. Yeah, they’re a Read the Rest…

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