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Hunting & Training Tips

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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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Finishing the “Whoa” Command
Finishing the “Whoa” Command

In an earlier article I talked about the importance of properly introducing the most important pointing dog command, “Whoa.” This article covers the next steps to producing a dog that reliably...

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Bending Drills Teach Dogs to Hunt Efficiently
Bending Drills Teach Dogs to Hunt Efficiently

A dog that searches for birds in a consistent pattern covers ground efficiently and hunts with confidence. Whether you’re hunting quail, grouse or pheasants, the result is the same: more shooting...

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Dove Season and Gun Dogs
Dove Season and Gun Dogs

There are many things that you should do to prepare you and your dog for opening day of dove season. For most of us in the south it is still very hot during dove season. The most important thing is...

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When Your Dog Should Enter the Hunt
When Your Dog Should Enter the Hunt

Young dogs take a while to develop into the hunting or field trial champion you want. Your knowledge that the pup you chose is from proven hunting stock is just the beginning.

I have been...

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The Great Debate: Beepers v. Bells
The Great Debate: Beepers v. Bells

Pointing dog owners have long debated the merits of the various ways of keeping track of their dogs in the field. There are really only two choices: beeper or bell. The bell tends to be favored by...

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Gun Shy Dogs Can Blossom
Gun Shy Dogs Can Blossom

Every dog training book will preach that you must be so very careful when introducing a young dog to the sight, and especially the sound of a shotgun, but rarely will they tell you how to cure a...

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Controlling Multiple Dogs
Controlling Multiple Dogs

One of the questions I am asked most is, "how do you control so many hounds at once?" Well that's easy: you need a good multiple dog training system like the SportDOG Brand® HoundHunter® 3225 with...

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A Dog Ready for the Field
A Dog Ready for the Field

Hunting seasons are in full swing. In bird fields you can hear the cackle of a bold rooster taking wing, along with the hoarse voice of a hunter screaming at his dog as it chases the gaudy pheasant...

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Downed Bird Hunting Dog Training
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In this SportDOG Training Tip (originally aired on Pheasant's Forever TV) SportDOG Brand Senior Pro Staffers Tom Dokken and Chris Akin walk you through selecting the right hunting dog pup. There are many things to consider when buying a puppy. Chris and Tom break down the proper way to evaluate a pup's bloodline and heritage.

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Wound Care for Your Hunting Dog
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In this SportDOG Brand Training Tip (originally aired on Pheasants Forever TV) Dr. Joe Spoo,DVM discusses the best way to care for your hunting dog's wounds. Dog injuries in the field are common in the sport, and can be effectively managed with a few simple tips.

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First Aid for Your Hunting Dog
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In this SportDOG Brand Training Tip (originally aired on Pheasants Forever Television) Dr. Joe Spoo,DVM explains the correct way to provide first aid care for your hunting dog while in the field. Emergency care for your gun dog in the field can prevent long term dog problems from developing.

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Footcare for Your Hunting Dog
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In this SportDOG Brand Training Tip (originally aired on Pheasants Forever Television) Dr. Joe Spoo,DVM discusses the best way to care for your hunting dogs feet by trimming the nails and the use of boots.

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Quick Gun Dog Eye Exam
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In this SportDOG Training Tip, (originally aired on Pheasants Forever Television) Dr. Joe Spoo, DVM discusses quick ways to examine the overall health of your hunting dog. This tailgate exam can help your gun dog avoid serious injury later. Checking your dog for symptoms or problems is an important part of any hunting or training regiment.

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Heatstroke Prevention for Hunting Dogs
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In this SportDOG Brand Training Tip (originally aired on Pheasants Forever Television), Dr. Joe Spoo, DVM discusses the importance of watching your hunting dog for signs of heatstroke. Gun dogs will work for you longer than their bodies can work for them, so it's important to keep an eye on your dog. These simple steps can prevent your dog from serious injury.

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Hunting Dogs Eyecare
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In this SportDOG Brand Training Tip (originally aired on Pheasants Forever Television), Dr. Joe Spoo,DVM explains the correct way to care for your hunting dog's eyes. Gun dogs are exposed to various irritants in the field. Proper examination and rinsing techniques help your pup continue to perform at his best in the field and avoid future eye problems.

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