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Help With Separation Anxiety or Latchkey Dogs
March 21st, 2019

Back before the internet when information wasn’t at our fingertips dogs would often get labeled as bad dogs or ignored and put out when they were actually suffering from separation anxiety. It is always wise to seek professional help when your dog has a medical issue but, separation anxiety ca...

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Pressure Necrosis from E-collar Misuse
January 25th, 2019

Most people who understand how electronic training collars work will understand that these dog collars are not capable of burning your dog. The amount of energy created by the collar is just not enough to c...

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9 Common Training Collar Mistakes
February 9th, 2018

When we first started using our training collar, it was a game changer. I was actually shocked at how quickly it worked. I was also shocked at how quickly my dog forgot everything once that collar came off. Hopefully, we can learn from other’s mistakes and understand the process that must be f...

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Pointers For Your Pointer
August 2nd, 2017

If there is one sight that gives most of us chills down our spine is the sight of a dog on point. It’s bone chilling because it’s so instinctive and it’s exactly what you want your pointer to do. The dog feels the same way. When a dog is on point his heart races and his actual b...

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Enjoying The Warm Summer Months With Your Dog
June 20th, 2017

It’s the time of year when most of us aren’t hunting but, we’re still enjoying the outdoors whether we are camping, hiking, swimming or just relaxing outside. Our sporting dogs enjoy this time of year and pick up on the enthusiasm that most of us have for the Summer months. When planning ...

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Dealing With Your Dog Who Bites
May 31st, 2017

As odd as it may seem, biting is actually a form of communication for dogs. However, when it comes to communicating with humans, biting should never be allowed and this is especially true for gundogs because their job out in the field requires control and a soft mouth which can’t be accompl...

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10 Steps To Take Before You Hire A Professional Dog Trainer
May 23rd, 2017

Dog owners often complain that the professional trainer they hired didn’t do what they expected or that the trainer used a method they weren’t aware of and their dog isn’t responding to their own methods any longer. While sometimes this statement is true there are often times that the ...

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A Begging Dog Is A Bad Gundog
May 15th, 2017

There is nothing that melts our hearts more than those pleading sad eyes of a begging dog. Even though it is cute as a puppy, if it continues past the first few months, you will never forgive yourself. Why Does My Dog Beg? He’s NOT Even Hungry! It probably goes without...

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Pros and Cons of Spaying or Neutering Your Hunting Dog
May 4th, 2017

Better known as “getting fixed” here in the South, spaying or neutering your dog has several clear benefits and a few risks. Neutering is the actual removal of the male dog’s testicles and other pertinent items specifically for breeding. Spaying, is the removal of not only the ovaries but ...

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Let's Talk About Barking
March 2nd, 2017

The word "bark" can either have a positive effect on you or a negative effect depending upon your own personal situation. There are those that hate to hear any barking and those that don’t understand why anyone would want to stop their dog from barking. Both of these perspectives are understan...

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Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
February 22nd, 2017

This submissive, rugged, and versatile, athletic breed is a hard worker who requires more exercise than the average dog. The Griffon makes an excellent all-around companion and is considered by many to be the supreme gun dog. Even though pointing and retrieving are at the top of his skills, ther...

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5 Tips To Help Avoid Injuries With Your Gundog
February 14th, 2017

One of the most important things to remember when hunting and training a gundog is that when your dog is healthy he will NOT know when to quit, meaning he will push himself to the brink of disaster if allowed to. Here are some tips to help avoid work related injuries. Slow and Steady...

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The Benefits of A Routine Training Regimen
February 8th, 2017

As with all athletes, your gundog needs a routine training regimen. There are several components that should be included in your dog's routine that might be slightly different from the regular house or yard dog. Conditioning, training, and proper nutrition should all be incorporated into your ...

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Successful Communication With Your Gundog
January 30th, 2017

Dogs have several forms of expression. They may communicate using their body position, ear movements, tail movements, facial expressions and of course, numerous different vocal sounds. One easy way to get ahead of the game is to study up on your particular breed of dog. Most breeds have traits ...

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Tips To Care For Urinary Tract Issues In Dogs
January 18th, 2017

If you have noticed an increase in frequency that your dog needs to go out or if he is suddenly having accidents then more than likely he is dealing with a Urinary Tract Infection. A Urinary Tract Infection or (UTI) is an infection of the urethra or the bladder. A UTI can make it painful and/or...

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Four Simple Rules About the "Drop" Command
January 12th, 2017

Training your dog to drop and deliver to your hand is important for training any hunting dog but it is an ESSENTIAL command for your retriever or bird dog. Even though teaching the drop is considered by many to be one of the last steps in the whole training process, it needs to be understood an...

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What Is The Perfect Level of Correction?
January 3rd, 2017

Considered by many hunters to be one of the most important training tools, the training collar is versatile and can help make training and hunting more controlled and enjoyable for you and your dog. When it comes to dog t...

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How Does Your Hunting Dog Learn?
November 29th, 2016

One of the key principles for understanding your dog and for being a successful trainer is to educate yourself on how your dog actually learns. The earlier you understand the way your dog learns the better off you will be. Just like a young child learns from curiosity, so does your dog. The more...

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Do You Have What It Takes To Train Your Dog?
November 14th, 2016

The best way to figure out if you have what it takes to properly train your dog is to simply start. However, educating yourself beforehand and knowing what to expect can save you some frustration. For most dog owners the desire to train your own dog begins before you even bring your pup home from...

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Casual Gun Dog Training
November 7th, 2016

Training begins the day you bring your new pup home. There are many different standards for formal training that will vary from trainer to trainer. Formal training is necessary and serves a great purpose. However, if you begin your dog’s life with casual training during the off season or befor...

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Sporting Breeds For Therapy
October 31st, 2016

When it comes to therapy dogs some of the top trainers agree that the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever are at the top of the list. While most any breed can be used for therapy, typ...

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Stopping Dog Aggression Early
September 26th, 2016

Most aggression in dogs could have been prevented if dealt with swiftly and early. Some dogs were just born to be at the head of the pack and even though domestication has bred out most of the wild behavior, wolf like aggression can still linger. Most puppy litters will have an alpha puppy that...

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Proper Use Of The "NO" Command
September 19th, 2016

The one word your dog will probably hear more than any other word in her lifetime will more than likely be, the word “No.” The way you use the word “No” can make all the difference in her training and her all-around demeanor. Well behaved and well trained dogs are almost always dogs th...

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Bird Hunting Dog Etiquette
September 7th, 2016

For many of us the opening day of dove season is a social hunt. For lots of folks I think opening day might be the only day they dove hunt all year. It is often associated with pig pickin’s (a Southern thing) and all sorts of other meals that bring people together. Again, it’s a celebratio...

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Dove Hunting Season Dog Safety
September 1st, 2016

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the first year's hunt, however, now’s the time to go ahead and set the tone for a well behaved and well cared for hunting dog. For most states, the beginning of September marks not only the beginning of Mourning Dove season, but it also serves ...

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Is Your Dog's Socialization Necessary?
August 24th, 2016

We hear a lot about dogs that need socialization but exactly what does that mean? When it comes to your dog, socialization is simply the process of introducing your dog to the people, other dogs, and the environment around him. Puppies VS Adult Dogs Socializing a full grown...

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Why Does My Dog Have Bad Breath?
August 16th, 2016

One of the most noticeable but, overlooked medical conditions in dogs is bad breath. Bad breath or halitosis is most certainly recognized right off and more times than not, dog owners tend to just ignore it because bad breath is something we have come to associate with dogs or puppies. However, b...

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Boosting The Confidence Of A Rescued Dog
August 1st, 2016

Rescuing a dog whether it be a purebred or a mixed breed is ever increasing and is having a great impact on the dog community and dog lovers worldwide. A rescued dog may have issues that a dog from a breeder doesn’t necessarily have. One of the most common issues we hear is a lack of confid...

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English Setter
July 25th, 2016

As it is with most Sporting Dogs, the English Setter is highly intelligent, eager to please, loyal and affectionate. This combination makes for the perfect companion with one caveat; you...

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The Dangers of Dog Obesity
July 18th, 2016

There is an epidemic of obesity in the United States and it is not just in humans. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that approximately 54 percent of dogs are overweight. Obesity in dogs can sneak up on a dog owner pretty quickly because dogs can hide it well, at first. Obes...

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Gathering All The Dog Training Equipment
July 14th, 2016

Before you begin the process of training your dog or puppy, you will need some basic equipment to make the process easier for both you and your dog. Figuring out what works for you can be quite overwhelming when there are so many dog products available now. Rewards During the tr...

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Protecting Your Dog From A Heat Stroke
July 11th, 2016

The hot Summer months can lead to many health concerns for you dog. One of the most dangerous concerns here in the South and in many other parts of the country are different types of heat related stress such as a heat stroke or hyperthermia. Dogs eliminate heat by panting and by a very limited am...

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Dog Training Do's and Don'ts
June 24th, 2016

Training your dog can be a fun and enjoyable activity as long as you stick to a few basic do’s and don’ts. DON’T Don’t train your dog when you are under stress or if you are angry. If you are impatient with your dog he will know it and th...

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Tips For Training An Older Dog
June 20th, 2016

The age of your dog can often affect how you should train him. The elements are the basically the same but, the process can be longer and more difficult. Follow these few simple tips and you will have a well trained older dog in no time. Patience:  No ma...

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Dogs Need Encouragement, Too
June 13th, 2016

Negative correction is often necessary in order to train your dog commands and to correct bad behavior. However, we have to be careful that negativity isn’t the only thing we communicate to our furry friends. If we want to build trust and loyalty between ourselves and our dogs then we need ...

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Eight Training Tips For Giving Your Dog Any Command
June 7th, 2016

One of your goals as a dog owner should be to help your dog become successful during his training. One of the main ways your dog secures his success and happiness is by pleasing you. Avoid Confusion: To avoid confusing your dog and make sure you are consistent. Any command or sp...

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Keeping Your Dog Protected From Mosquitoes
June 1st, 2016

It is important to keep mosquitoes away from our dogs and other pets. Most of us are aware of the danger mosquitoes pose to our bodies but, what about the danger to our dogs? Mosquitoes are a far greater risk to our dogs than to us. Other than being annoying and causing itchy bites, mosqu...

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What To Do With Your Dog When You Are Away
May 20th, 2016

One of the most frustrating aspects of dog ownership is what to do with your dog when you travel. Some people let this keep them from even having a dog. There are several options out there for you to consider in order to help make your vacation the best for you and for your dog Options...

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About Coon Hunting Dogs
May 16th, 2016

As any seasoned raccoon hunting will tell you, coon hunting can be mighty tough on the hunter but, it takes a very special dog to be coondog. A coondog needs to have determination and strength beyond the typical dog. Rumor has it amongst the local coon hunters in my area that your dog must also h...

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Brittany Spaniel
May 6th, 2016

Formerly known as the Brittany Spaniel, the Brittany is actually a pointing breed with an intense prey drive. Even though the AKC officially dropped the “Spaniel” from the breed name in 1982, because they aren’t typically flushing dogs like other spaniels, many Brittany owners a...

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Tips for Traveling In The Car With Your Dog
April 27th, 2016

Whether you decide to take your dog on your vacation or just want to take him to the park it is important that your dog be safe and comfortable while traveling. Safety First For safety purposes it is best to have your dog either in a seat belt harness or in a crate while you tra...

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4 Steps To A Well Groomed Hunting Dog
April 18th, 2016

Most hunting dog owners don’t like the term, groom. However, grooming is one of the most important parts of owning a dog. Your dog should be groomed on a regular basis especially if he is out in the field and hunting in different environments. Grooming is extremely beneficial in the trainin...

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Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy
April 11th, 2016

Your dog’s health and happiness should be at the top of your priorities when it comes to being a dog owner. Your dog fully depends on you to make sure his diet, nutritional needs and his opportunities for exercise are taken care of. Developing a healthy lifestyle for your dog is easy if you...

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7 Tips For Housebreaking Your Dog
April 4th, 2016

Because most of our dogs live inside with us, it is important to have a house trained dog in order to instill in him good habits and make him a pleasure and not a burden to have inside. My veterinarian recommends that you start training your puppy when he is about 12 weeks old. If you have waited...

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Navigating Our Buyer’s Guide
April 1st, 2016

Choosing the right training collar can be overwhelming. The options sometimes seem confusing and can make you settle for a collar that might not be the absolute best one for you. Most of the time you know a little about what you need but, not necessarily which options can give you the best bang f...

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Using a Check Cord for Training
March 28th, 2016

Whether you training pointers, retrievers or any other kind of hunting dog you can benefit from using a check cord. Most trainers consider it the most important tool they own. While most training tools come with e...

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7 Things To Consider Before You Get a Dog
March 21st, 2016

There are quite a few considerations to take into account before you can determine whether getting a dog will fit your lifestyle. It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for a hunting dog or a family pet, the responsibility of having a dog is the same and it shouldn’t be taken light...

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Healthy Puppy Development - What to Expect
March 17th, 2016

During your puppy’s first year of life, he will go through several different stages of development. Each stage comes with its’ own challenges and enjoyment. As your puppy begins to mature physically he will also mature mentally. For the most part puppies will mature around the same ra...

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Developing A Standard In Your Dog Training
March 14th, 2016

When you begin training your dog whether it is for obedience, retrieving or hunting, one thing remains the same, if you give, he will take. Developing a standard for each command will make all the difference. There is nothing quite as frustrating as having a dog who won’t listen or having a...

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Training Your Hunting Dog to Leave Snakes Alone
March 9th, 2016

Growing up I have a vivid memory of my dad’s favorite hunting dog, King. He was mostly white and stood taller than all the other hounds in the pack. He was strong and stately and I guess that’s how he got his name, however, that isn’t the reason King stands out in my mind. King ...

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