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Training tips from SportDOG prostaffers, guests and staff

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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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Gretchen and Fern training
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10 Mistakes in Gun Dog Training and How Not to Make Them – Part 2

Not Adapting to the Dog No two dogs are exactly the same. Like children, they all learn differently, have differing strengths and have that free-will thing that can leave you grinding your teeth in frustration. What worked like a charm on the last dog might not get through to your current dog, and that’s ok. Read the Rest…

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English Setter on Point
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10 Mistakes in Gun Dog Training and How Not to Make Them – Part 1

The best thing about the years that ourselves and our ProStaffers have spent training dogs is that we’ve made the mistakes. We preach the value of mistakes because you will learn from them even more than your successes, but there’s no reason you can’t learn from ours. We constantly hammer on the values of consistency, Read the Rest…

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Josh and Eastong
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Traveling with Your Hunting Dog

Hunting season brings many of us the opportunity to travel in pursuit of game. This is a great opportunity for you and your dog to explore new territory and challenges. One of those challenges can be getting your dog comfortably from point A to point B. Travel can be stressful for your pup, and that Read the Rest…

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