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Category Archives: Training Tips

Training tips from SportDOG prostaffers, guests and staff

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Make sure your dog is ready for the field by making the most of your spring training time.
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Spring Training for Your Gun Dog

The warm weather is upon us and the dogs are no longer content to spend time inside. It’s time to be working and getting ready for season. Polar vortexes may have limited your ability to be out this winter, so it’s very important to be out now enjoying the sunshine and time with your favorite Read the Rest…

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Getting out in the wilderness can help ease the signs of hunting season withdrawals.
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Season’s Over…Now What

For some, there is no season. Every day of the year brings with it the opportunity to tree a coon. For others, there is a clear end to the days that getting out with the guns and the dogs. These are generally known as “the dark days”. The day after one season closes the countdown Read the Rest…

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Work done in the quail fields can help in the grouse and woodcock coverts.
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Improve Your Dog Work by Hunting for a Different Species

If I were to look back on my bird hunting life, the overwhelming amount of my days in the field were spent pursuing Ruffed grouse and woodcock. The focus of my attention has been in New England and Canada, and if I were to drill down even more New Hampshire gets most of my time. Read the Rest…

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LabSplashing
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From Shelter to Field: Tips on Training a Rescue Dog

The New Year often brings with it new dogs. Many of you may be looking into adding a new addition to your family as we speak. A major question we get this time of year is “can a rescue dog make an adequate hunting dog”. The short answer is yes. With time and dedication a Read the Rest…

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Dog Training in the Snow
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Working Your Dog in the Winter

For those of you caught in the polar vortex, you know it can limit your time out with your dog. The freezing cold temperatures can make it tempting to stay inside, but too much time away from the great outdoors can have a negative effect on you and your dog. Cabin fever can result in Read the Rest…

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Canine Mouth
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Proper Dental Care for Your Dog

You put a lot into your dog’s health. Make sure you don’t mess up any of your good work by overlook a vital part of your dog’s wellness regimen: Dental Care. Dogs accumulate plaque and other germs just the same as humans do and these can pose serious health risks to your dog if gone Read the Rest…

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Caring for Aging Hunting Dogs

There are many advantages to hunting with an older dog. They’ve got tons of experience in the field so it’s hard to catch them by surprise, you know each other well after years hunting together, they tend to be more patient and less judgmental when you miss your target…the list goes on and on. However, Read the Rest…

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Yellow Lab
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Forever Young: The Truth About Aging Hunting Dogs

We get a lot of questions about safe ages for hunting dogs. The truth is, there is no expiration date on your dog’s time in the field. Like people, dogs age differently in terms of health and sustainable activity levels. One dog might hunt til the day he dies while another is forced out of Read the Rest…

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Chocolate Lab
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Leading the Pack

Spring time is upon us (at least that’s what the weather people are telling us) which often means new puppies to train. As you begin working with your new little hunting buddy, it’s important to remember that dogs are pack animals, and as such look for a leader. If it’s not you, it’s him and Read the Rest…

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Retrieving
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Training Retrieve to Hand

We often lean on our ProStaff when we run into difficulty training. ProStaffer Ben Busby has provided insight on training the critical “Retrieve to Hand”  in this week’s blog. I have heard of different gun dog owners making the statement that their dogs have been retrieving but sometimes will stop short of placing it in Read the Rest…

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