Hunting & Training Tips

Here’s how we make the most of each hunt.

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Make Your Upland Retriever Crazy for Feathers

by Tom Dokken

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. You...

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Building a Steady Retriever

by Tom Dokken

A retriever that remains calm in a duck blind and concentrates on watching birds fall is a joy to hunt with. In a perfect world, that’s how all retrievers would behave. While a steady retriever is...

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SportDOG Brand® Launcher System Revolutionizes Retriever Training

by Charlie Jurney

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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Downed Bird Hunting Dog Training
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... Watch Video (1:13)
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Wound Care for Your Hunting Dog
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... Watch Video (0:29)
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First Aid for Your Hunting Dog
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.... Watch Video (0:30)
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Quick Gun Dog Eye Exam
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... Watch Video (0:33)
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Heatstroke Prevention for Hunting Dogs
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... Watch Video (0:30)
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Footcare for Your Hunting Dog
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... Watch Video (0:31)
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Hunting Dogs Eyecare
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... Watch Video (0:30)
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

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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