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Shed-Hunting, Part 1: Starting Your Dog Out the Right Way
Shed-Hunting, Part 1: Starting Your Dog Out the Right Way

It’s too bad bird seasons only last a few months. It seems like fall arrives and brings the excitement of pheasant and duck hunting, but then before you know it winter has set in and all you can do...

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Understanding Canine Influenza
Understanding Canine Influenza

If you have been watching the news lately or reading metropolitan newspapers, you may have noticed articles about a “new” flu outbreak in dogs. In some sections of the country, veterinarians are...

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Dealing with Hunting Dog Injuries
Dealing with Hunting Dog Injuries

Cuts are common in hunting dogs. Briars, barbed-wire, broken glass, or even sharp broken saplings can slice a dog’s skin as it hunts. Appropriate field care of wounds can decrease healing time and...

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Hunting Dogs Require Extra Care When Traveling
Hunting Dogs Require Extra Care When Traveling

One of the most exciting parts about hunting is the chance to travel to new areas in search of upland birds and waterfowl. Before you pack the truck and take off, however, it’s a good idea to...

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Hunting Conditioning is Important Year-Round
Hunting Conditioning is Important Year-Round

The time most hunters seem to think about getting their dog into shape, if they think about it at all, is right before the hunting season begins. It’s natural to let your dog’s conditioning slide...

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Poor Performance in Bird Dogs
Poor Performance in Bird Dogs

Your bird dog has been a strong, eager hunter with lots of pizzazz and snap, but now he has lost that snap, speed and stamina. He still eats well, is bright and alert with normal bowel movements....

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Go Slow When Introducing a Dog to Gunfire
Go Slow When Introducing a Dog to Gunfire

Sometimes hunters are so eager to develop their new pup into a hunting dog that they rush things. With some training exercises, if you make a mistake and try to teach something too fast, you can...

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Don’t Forget to Introduce Your Duck Dog to Decoys
Don’t Forget to Introduce Your Duck Dog to Decoys

In our excitement to build a retriever into a top-notch waterfowl dog, it’s easy to forget small but important details. For example, your dog might make you proud when he completes a long retrieve....

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Bark-Control Collars Offer Dog Training Benefits
Bark-Control Collars Offer Dog Training Benefits

When bark-control collars came on the market, they solved a problem that most of us have experienced at one time or another: a dog that just won’t be quiet. Most hunters are familiar with...

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The Right E-Collar for Retriever Dog Training
The Right E-Collar for Retriever Dog Training

Opinions on the right way to choose and use a remote electronic collar for retriever training are as varied as the countless training methods used to create a top-notch waterfowl dog. I’ve been...

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SportDOG Brand® Launcher System Revolutionizes Retriever Training
SportDOG Brand® Launcher System Revolutionizes Retriever Training

Retriever training was changed forever with the introduction of “wingers” and other rubber-band-type devices that could fling dummies or birds from long distances, creating realistic, challenging...

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Make Your Upland Retriever Crazy for Feathers
Make Your Upland Retriever Crazy for Feathers

There’s nothing better than a hard-charging flushing dog that is absolutely crazy for birds. But how do you make sure your young retriever will turn out like that? Here are the steps I use.

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Understanding Hunting Dog Ear Infections
Understanding Hunting Dog Ear Infections

Most hunting dog breeds have flop ears. This drooping ear flap contributes to a high incidence of ear infections because it decreases air circulation and traps bacteria, fungi and debris in the...

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Straight Talk About Protein for Hunting Dogs
Straight Talk About Protein for Hunting Dogs

As I travel across the country attending field trials, visiting kennels and hunting, I get a lot of questions about dog food for some reason. One topic that stimulates many questions is protein...

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Rigors of a Tough Hunting Season
Rigors of a Tough Hunting Season

During the 2009-2010 hunting season, most of us endured our most interesting upland season in quite some time. The entire country experienced unique weather conditions this fall and winter. Hard...

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Early Season Grouse Hunting
Early Season Grouse Hunting

The 2010 hunting season is just around the corner, and in many states the Sharp-tailed grouse and Partridge season are the first to kick off. This is where our summer dog training and conditioning...

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STOP! Your Retriever with a Whistle
STOP! Your Retriever with a Whistle

People seem amazed when they see a running dog instantly stop at the sound of a whistle. The funny thing is, there’s really nothing amazing about it if the dog has been trained properly. While...

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Training Your Retriever for Double Duty
Training Your Retriever for Double Duty

If you own a waterfowl dog, chances are that sooner or later you’re going to ask it to perform upland duty. It might be a pheasant hunt as a sideline to your Dakota duck hunt, or maybe an afternoon...

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Live Birds are the Key to Better Hunting Dog Training
Live Birds are the Key to Better Hunting Dog Training

It's no secret that giving your hunting dog lots of experience with live birds in the off-season will make him a better hunter when fall comes around. But what types of birds are best? The short...

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Whatever You Call It, the “Trained Retrieve” is Important
Whatever You Call It, the “Trained Retrieve” is Important

It’s a term commonly heard among retriever trainers who run dogs in hunt tests and field trials: “force fetch.” Others call it the “conditioned retrieve,” “force breaking” or, the term I prefer,...

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