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Training tips from SportDOG prostaffers, guests and staff

Don’t Overlook Steady in Your Wetland Training Arsenal

When you think of wetland hunting with your pup, the importance of water retrieves is probably the first thing that comes to your mind. Steady is also an incredibly important command for a waterfowl dog. As we all know too well, the sport takes patience for yourself and your dog. Make sure you’ve prepared him Read the Rest…

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Dog Paw
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Treating Paw Injuries in Hunting Dogs

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the preventative measures to take to ensure your dog’s paws stay healthy in the field. Unfortunately, as we all know too well, even when you take all the right precautions, injuries happen. With that in mind, this week we thought we would share a couple of tips for Read the Rest…

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Hunting Dog
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Proper Foot Care for Your Dog in the Season

For many of us, season is here. You and your pup have worked hard for this, and it’s time to enjoy it. Nothing can end that fun quicker for you and your dog than a foot injury. The following tips will help keep your hunting partner fit and ready for the season: Keep Nails Trimmed- Read the Rest…

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A Day for the Working Man, Woman and Dog

Labor Day weekend is a chance to kick back, relax and celebrate the hard-working men and women amongst us. Remember, though, your dog is a SportDOG, which means he/she is a hard working canine. Our dogs work hard for us and they deserve to play hard as well. Below are a few ideas to include Read the Rest…

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Dog wearing SportDOG TEK Series
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Is Your Dog Ready for Opening Day?

One of our pups rocking the TEK series at our last trip to Sinkola Hunting Plantation in Georgia. For many, opening day is right around the corner. While this is the day many of us have been waiting on for months, it’s important to not get so caught up in the anticipation that you forget Read the Rest…

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Hunting dog on a boat.
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Platform Training Your Hunting Dog

One of the most useful training concepts for your retriever is platform training. This lesson is one that to me is an absolute necessity.  There are endless applications for platform training or place training as some call it. First, you will need some sort of platform that is large enough for your dog to sit Read the Rest…

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Dog on the hunt
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Making Sure Your Dog is Ready for Season

For many of us, opening day is just around the corner (44 days for those of us in East Tennessee). Make sure you and your dog are ready for it. These simple guidelines can help you make the most of the off-season: 1.       Maintain a Balanced Diet During season; it’s easy to remember to feed Read the Rest…

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Breeze on Her First Scent Point
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Playing vs. Training: The Do’s and Don’ts of Training Your Gun Dog

When you get your pup at seven or eight weeks everything you do with him is a learning experience. This includes the walks in the yard with new smells, petting and cuddling with you and the kids and even the games you play in the front room. Puppies love to play tug-of-war. This is the Read the Rest…

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David Siple - SportDOG ProStaff
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Summer Training for Hunitng Dogs

Just like when we go to the shooting range to remain sharp and improve our skills, so must we set aside some time to ensure our dog remains sharp and ready for the fall hunting season, that inevitably comes faster than we realize. In addition to having “work” time with your dog, make sure you Read the Rest…

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Dog on Shaded Hiking Trail
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Top 3 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe This Summer

Summer is upon us, which means there’s even more reason to be out in nature with your pup. Whether you’re fishing, training, camping, hunting or hiking, we have a few tips to keep in mind when bringing along your four-legged friend. These simple suggestions will make sure you and your furry bud can have a Read the Rest…

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