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What To Do With Your Dog When You Are Away
What To Do With Your Dog When You Are Away

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 If you will be gone for a short period of time, a great idea is to hire a dog walker or a house sitter. Some people hire a friend or a responsible teenager to do this, however if you are in a larger more populated area there are usually several professional dog walkers available. A great res...

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About Coon Hunting Dogs
About Coon Hunting Dogs

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 have the name to match, short and tough names that make you say, “He must be a tough one,” like T-Bone and Spike. Coon hunting is a unique sport and once you go on a coon hunt, you will either love it or hate it. Most people consider it to be pretty addictive for the hunter and the dog. W...

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Breed Highlights: Brittany
Breed Highlights: Brittany

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 and several Brittany breeders still refer to them as Brittany Spaniels. History of the Brittany Located in the northwest corner of France is one of the great historic provinces known as Brittany. Brittany is set apart from the rest of France because of its strong Celtic heritage and...

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Tips for Traveling In The Car With Your Dog
Tips for Traveling In The Car With Your Dog

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 travel. While some dogs are perfectly calm and aren’t a distraction for you, other dogs can be nervous or anxious while traveling and can cause you to become distracted and possibly cause an accident. Follow these steps in order assure a safe enjoyable trip with your dog in tow:...

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4 Steps To A Well Groomed Hunting Dog
4 Steps To A Well Groomed Hunting Dog

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 training process because a dog that is better cared for and handled with affection is more willing to work with you. Grooming your dog involves some rather simple tasks that can actually help build your relationship with your dog.  Your dog’s coat will benefit ...

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Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy
Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy

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 follow a regular routine involving proper healthcare, nutrition and exercise. Visit The Vet Regularly Even though you should certainly do your own health assessment on your dog at least once a week to make sure he isn’t developing any problems that could lead to serious heal...

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7 Tips For Housebreaking Your Dog
7 Tips For Housebreaking Your Dog

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 later, it’s fine, just start whenever you can. If you are trying to housebreak an older dog, the process will be basically the same but, it will most certainly take longer. 1. Choose a Method There are many different proven methods to housebreak your dog. Some experts say us...

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Navigating Our Buyer’s Guide
Navigating Our Buyer’s Guide

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 for your buck. If you start with our dog training collars buyer’s guide and work your way through the options you might make a better choice in the end. Choose A Catego...

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Using a Check Cord for Training
Using a Check Cord for Training

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 extensive manuals and instructions the check cord, being the simple tool that it is, can actually be quite confusing to understand but yet it has no definite instruction manual. Countless dog owners will misuse the check cord and claim their dog isn’t trainable but, really the problem usually l...

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7 Things To Consider Before You Get a Dog
7 Things To Consider Before You Get a Dog

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 lightly. Often dog owners realize after they have purchased or adopted a dog that it wasn’t the best choice for their lifestyle. If you will simply follow a few unwritten rules beforehand you will be able to start from the beginning with full confidence that you have made the best choice. ...

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Healthy Puppy Development - What to Expect
Healthy Puppy Development - What to Expect

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 rate however, depending on the breed his development in different areas may vary a little. From Birth to about 8 weeks: For the first 6 to 8 weeks a puppy should continue to reside with his mother, not just for his own health but for her health as well. Puppies are born deaf and blin...

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Developing A Standard In Your Dog Training
Developing A Standard In Your Dog Training

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 dog who won’t obey the training on which you have spent countless hours. Actually setting your standard is the easy part, sticking to it is where it becomes difficult. It is much like setting a standard for your kids, it is tempting to let them slide and break the rules. But, with dogs, they ...

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Training Your Hunting Dog to Leave Snakes Alone
Training Your Hunting Dog to Leave Snakes Alone

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 had an unfortunate attraction to snakes, he thought they were something to play with. My vivid memory of walking on the path at night to his dog kennel and shining my flashlight into the eyes of a swollen faced monster was a childhood memory I would prefer to erase. I am not sure whether training wo...

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Diarrhea in Dogs
Diarrhea in Dogs

When your dog comes down with diarrhea or runny stools it could be a cause for concern or it might be a simple issue you can take care of at home. In most cases, diarrhea is simply caused by a change in diet, whether intentional or unintentional. Diarrhea can be caused by stress or some sort of food borne pathogen, as well. It is best not to change your dog's diet suddenly and to avoid bones from your kitchen. Table food can also cause your dog to have severe diarrhea and can lead to other health issues that are life threatening. However, if the diarrhea lasts longer than 48 hours or is acc...

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Bowhunting For Wild Turkey
Bowhunting For Wild Turkey

If you need a break from your Spring dog training routine and want a challenge that will leave you scratching your head, grab your bow and try your hand at one of the most challenging hunts you will ever go on. Hunters all across the country are gearing up for the much anticipated wild turkey season, which begins in North Carolina on April 9th, 2016. If you have a youth hunter, he or she can begin turkey hunting on April 2nd and get a little ahead of the game. But, now and not later, is the time to start preparing...

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Exposure to Toxic Chemicals in Dogs
Exposure to Toxic Chemicals in Dogs

If you suspect that your dog has been exposed to toxic chemicals there are a few steps to take to ensure this incident turns out for the best. Preparation and awareness can not substitute for veterinarian care but, can help save your dog’s life in the event that the vet isn’t accessible or you have little time to get him proper medical attention. Call For Help First, you should call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-213-6680 or your local poison control center as they will have information th...

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Beagle Breed Highlights
Beagle Breed Highlights

Whether you are a Peanuts fan who loves Snoopy or a Wallace and Gromit fan you will recognize the Beagle and its’ popularity as just a regular friendly dog. It wasn’t by chance that a Beagle was chosen to for these two characters. The Beagle just has “normal” dog features and typically a sweet, friendly disposition that makes him the perfect model for these characters and a wonderful addition to your family. History Beagles are one of the oldest documented British hound breeds with records tracing as far back as 500 years ago. Traditionally, the Bea...

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Training Your Beagle to Hunt Rabbits
Training Your Beagle to Hunt Rabbits

There are numerous proven methods to train a Beagle to rabbit hunt. The best method is the one that you use and stick with. When it comes to training a beagle pup, start with the most determined pup because determination is the best quality in a Beagle and the most useful training tool. As with most training, methods can change from season to season with different dogs and personalities. When to Begin Training Usually, the best time to begin training your Beagle is when he is a puppy some time between the ages of 5 to 8 months old seems to be the perfect time although some...

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The Training Benefits of Using a Bark Collar
The Training Benefits of Using a Bark Collar

Bark collars are excellent at correcting your dog’s nuisance barking but, let’s consider the bonus training benefits that come along with using a bark collar. The most distinguished hunting dogs have a few things in common, no matter the breed. They often stand out because they have an abundance of self-control, a peaceful disposition and a desire to please. Bark collars can actually help develop self-control and therefore help him to develop a more peaceful disposition....

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Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Hip dysplasia is every dog owner's nightmare, not just because your dog is in pain but because dysplasia is a disease that usually ends any chance of breeding him and carrying on his wonderful personality and intelligence. The ball and socket hip joint attaches the hind leg to the body of the dog and in a normal joint the ball rotates freely within the socket and the ligament that holds the two bones together is strong and flexible. A dog with hip dysplasia has an irregular joint structure and the muscles, ligaments and connective tissue surrounding the joint are loose and unstable. The lon...

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