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How to Properly Socialize Your Dog
How to Properly Socialize Your Dog

Animals are not necessarily instinctively social, though you may get lucky and find one that is. More often than not however, you will have to train your dog how to act and react when in the company of other animals and humans, especially if they are skittish. Whether you are socializing a puppy or an older dog, there are certain techniques that can help make the process simpler and more effective. When to socialize your dog Socialization of your dog is best accomplished when they are puppies, but this is not always going to happen. They may have been sick as a puppy and t...

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Tips for Curbing My Dog's Separation Anxiety
Tips for Curbing My Dog's Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety in dogs can come in several different forms and levels, just as it can in humans. This means that you may have to tackle your dog’s anxiety in a different way than your friend or neighbor had to tackle theirs. Fortunately, there are some basic tips, though, that may prove helpful to you, though you may have to tweak them to fit your abilities and your dog’s needs. Complete obedience training While it may sound unconnected in some ways, there seems to be connections between a dog’s separation anxiety and the training that they have recei...

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Four Travel Tips that Will Keep Your Dog Happy
Four Travel Tips that Will Keep Your Dog Happy

When traveling with your dog, there are a handful of things you can do to keep him comfortable and happy as well as make life easy for you along the way. Traveling by yourself can be stressful enough without the added worry of your dog’s needs. To help you keep your dog happy and reduce your own travel stress here are four travel tips. Do your research before you go It is extremely important that you check out pet policies and regulations before you travel. Airlines, hotels, rental cars, and the like all have their own policies when it comes to what animals (if any) ...

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My Dog Has Fleas! What now?
My Dog Has Fleas! What now?

With the rising Summer temperatures here in the south comes the humidity and unfortunately with that combination also come fleas. These hateful little parasites who spend their time eating our dog’s blood are a very common problem this time of year. Some of the warning signs fleas leave behind can help you catch the attack early. If you notice dark droppings in your dog’s fur or bedding then that is the flea’s droppings (which the larvae feed on) or you might notice tiny white flea eggs but, they are much harder to see. If your dog is suddenly licking or biting and...

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Limber Tail Syndrome: Why is my dog's tail limp?
Limber Tail Syndrome: Why is my dog's tail limp?

Learning how to recognize, prevent and treat limber tail syndrome, a condition that affects many sporting dogs can make dealing with Limber tail a fairly easy process. Limber tail syndrome is actually just an injury to upper muscles in the dog's tail. However, it is very uncomfortable and painful for your dog. Limber tail usually does not begin to bother your dog until several hours after the injury. Often following a day out in the field or other strenuous exercise is when the condition begins to rear it’s ugly head. Limber tail is almost impossible to recognize until several...

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How to Handle the Loss of Your Dog
How to Handle the Loss of Your Dog

For some reason lately my daughter has been talking about how devastated she will be when our dog dies. It doesn’t make much sense because our 8 year old dog is perfectly healthy. However, as she was searching on Pinterest for dog related poems or stories she came across the “Dog’s Prayer.” Losing a dog can be devastating to a child and also to an adult. As many of you have reached out to each other on social media to figure out how to cope with the loss it became apparent that losing man’s best friend is a global difficulty not bound by age, race, sex or natio...

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Breed Highlights: Labrador Retriever
Breed Highlights: Labrador Retriever

Known throughout the world as the best all around dog a family or a hunter can own is the Labrador Retriever. His near exemplary temperament is probably his greatest asset. The Lab, as this breed is commonly known, is usually listed first in popularity as a family pet, surpassing all other breeds by large numbers and remarkably remaining the number one ranked breed on the official AKC registry for 24 consecutive years, which is the longest reign as the nation's best dog in AKC history. Those figures alone make many who have never had the pleasure of owning a Lab want to understand the draw ...

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Grain and Wheat Allergies in Dogs
Grain and Wheat Allergies in Dogs

If you have visited a dog food section at just about any store that sells dog food lately, you might have noticed the ever growing amount of “wheat and grain free” products available these days. Is it just a new trend or has the progress of the pet food industry finally caught up with the needs of its main customers? If you have ever been around a dog that has an allergy to wheat or grains then you will certainly understand the need for such a product. Just a few years back those of us with dogs allergic to wheat or grain had to get specialty dog food that costs a fortune. But, ...

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Teaching Your Dog the "Down" Command
Teaching Your Dog the "Down" Command

After properly teaching the "stop" command, one of the next important steps in training your dog is to teach the down command. The down command is basically a laying position in which your dog has his abdomen on the ground and front legs out front. This command is a foundational step that teaches your dog a submissive attitude which can make all other obedience training much easier. The down command is especially useful if you have a friendly dog who e...

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AKC: A Bit About The Hound Dog Group
AKC: A Bit About The Hound Dog Group

The melodic sound of a baying hound can bring chills down the spine of a hunter in pursuit of prey. Baying, the sound a hound makes when he is in hot pursuit of prey, is quite unique and difficult to describe to one that has never had the pleasure of hearing it. The Hound group is a distinct group of hunting dogs that even though they are used for “sport” they are more independent and not usually in constant need of the hunter while doing their job. Not to say that they don’t need training and attention but, they tend to instinctively run for the prize without need of rewa...

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Hunting Dog or House Dog?
Hunting Dog or House Dog?

The idea that a hunting dog cannot be a house dog is a common misconception and apparently those that have opposing opinions are rather dogmatic with their views. However, I think those on both sides of the argument would agree that there is no friend like a dog. Your dog can’t talk back and he doesn’t judge you no matter what you do, no arguing that, that surely makes for a great friendship. I will point out that there is nothing wrong with keeping your hunting dog outside but, not including him in the family unit at all could possibly decrease his relationship with you...

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The Excitement of Turkey Hunting Season
The Excitement of Turkey Hunting Season

Excitement is in the air, and it’s not just the pollen, the North Carolina Spring wild turkey season begins April 11th, as I am reminded every day. Whether it’s by my sixteen year old practicing his turkey vocalizations, with his purrs and cackles that I’m hearing or the early morning stirring of the men in my house going out to scout the woods for the first gobble of the season, it is extremely apparent that the quest for one of the most magnificent game birds is right around the corner. Youth Seaso...

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Heartworm Disease:  Signs and Prevention
Heartworm Disease: Signs and Prevention

No one wants to hear that their beloved pup has heartworms. Heartworm disease is a very serious and potentially fatal disease. However, if we educate ourselves we can hopefully save someone from having to go through this heartbreaking diagnosis. So what exactly are heartworms? Heartworms are parasites that infect your dogs’ heart and surrounding areas. The parasite comes from an infected mosquito which inturn bites your dog and injects the dog with the heartworm larvae and if your dog is untreated can d...

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Breed Highlights: Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Breed Highlights: Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Just as at home in the water as it is on land, the Chessie, as it is often called, is an astounding waterfowl retriever. Originally called the Chesapeake Bay Ducking Dog because of it’s unusual origination. Apparently, in 1807 an English ship wrecked off the coast of Maryland. The crew and it’s cargo, including two Newfoundland puppies were rescued and either given or traded, depending on which story you hear, to the Captain of the rescuing ship, the Canton. The two puppies turned out to be exceptional retrievers and were named “Sailor” and “Canton” by th...

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How to Gun Train your Hunting Dog
How to Gun Train your Hunting Dog

Gun training is very different from regular obedience training. It is critical that you teach it early because you can’t work backwards. Gun training isn’t a behavior issue it’s a part of introducing your hunting dog into an artificially engineered area of the hunting environment. When to Begin So Gun Training is Most Effective If you are starting with a young pup then it’s going to be simple. If you or someone else has already created a gun shy dog then it will be a little more involv...

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The Amazing Dogs of the Iditarod
The Amazing Dogs of the Iditarod

The 2015 Iditarod, “The Last Great Race,” started on Saturday and the restart from Fairbanks, Alaska is today. The Iditarod dog sled race is the ultimate testament to the abilities and strengths of around one thousand canine participants. The amazing working dogs that make the cut are known as some of the toughest canines in existence. Each team can start the race with around 16 dogs but, must finish the race from Anchorage to Nome with at least 6 dogs. Dogs that can’t make it the whole way are dropped using an ela...

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To Breed, or Not to Breed
To Breed, or Not to Breed

Even though most professional breeders have their own rules, what about us dog owners who aren't running a full-scale kennel? When deciding whether to breed your dog or not, it's important to consider the level of commitment it will take. Breeding your hunting dog, or any dog for that matter, should always be thoroughly thought through. Do you have the time it takes to take care of the puppies? Do you have the funds it takes for veterinarian visits for the puppies or if by chance an issue arrives before, during or af...

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Most Popular Hunting Dog Names of All Time
Most Popular Hunting Dog Names of All Time

What’s in a hunting dog name? What’s in a name, you might ask? Well, apparently a lot more than you might expect. We name our children after notable relatives and our favorite movie stars and sometimes it appears that we just go with something rather odd in order to create a uniqueness that outdoes the other kids in their play group. But, what about our dogs? Especially our hunting dogs? You think you may put a little more panache into our dogs’ names simply because Fido won’t be teased, so if...

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Utilizing Prey Drive For the Sporting Dog
Utilizing Prey Drive For the Sporting Dog

What exactly is prey drive? A sportdog that has a strong prey drive can easily be one of your strongest assets out in the field. Prey drive is defined as the instinctive and natural propensity to find, pursue and capture prey. Many experts agree that most genuinely, driven dogs are just born with it. So therefore working with a breeder to determine which puppies have the genes of either a dam or a sire that has a strong natural prey drive is the best place to start. But, just as in human personalities some of us are ...

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The Importance of Taking a Hunter Safety Course
The Importance of Taking a Hunter Safety Course

We can learn a great deal from our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, who was an avid hunter and conservationist and who once stated, “Defenders of the short-sighted men who in their greed and selfishness will, if permitted, rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things sometimes seek to champion them by saying ‘the game belongs to the people.’ So it does; and not merely to the people now alive, but to the unborn people.” Roosevelt, like many hunters before us took the initiative to learn ethical hunting an...

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